Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Rural home catches fire

April 16, 2003

Fire caused extensive damage to the interior of a house east of Baldwin last week.

Fire broke out in a log house belonging to Steven and Danette Gregg, 454 E. 2100 Road, late Thursday morning. Steven Gregg was home at the time of the fire. No one was injured, but Palmyra Township Fire Chief Randy DeMersseman said the house sustained a lot of damage.

"The main damage was to the interior," DeMersseman said. "The outer walls are still good, just charred."

He said because the frame of the house was made of logs 10 to 12 inches thick, the fire burned slower than normal.

"If it had been a normal stick-built house, there would have been a lot more damage," he said.

The fire started in the basement of the house, he said, and the cause appeared to be electrical.

DeMersseman said he is unsure of the total loss.

"Because it is one of the very few structures like it, it will be hard to come up with an estimate for the loss," he said. "But it will be a very substantial loss."

A fund has been started to help the Greggs with their expenses. Contributions can be dropped off at Baldwin State Bank.

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