Space heater to blame for early morning fire

Zionsville

Agencies from Hamilton and Boone Counties worked for hours to extinguish an overnight fire.

The first firefighters were dispatched to the 14600 block of Little Eagle Creek Avenue, near West 146th Street and US 421.

According to John Barrett, Public Information Officer with Westfield Fire Department, the homeowner was watching television around 1 a.m. when he noticed smoke near the front of his house.

Barrett said the homeowner pressed the panic button on his home alarm system and exited the home.

The first firefighters on scene found fire coming from the first floor windows.

Additional agencies were called to the scene to help truck in water because there are no hydrants in the area.

The flames spread into spaces between an older section of house and a new addition, making it difficult for firefighters to extinguish the flames.

The fire was marked under control around 3 a.m. with damage estimated at $50,000 dollars. 

The resident is staying with neighbors with assistance from the American Red Cross.

Firefighters from Carmel, Sheridan, Zionsville and Perry Township assisted Westfield extinguish the fire.

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