HFD: Possible Arson in Henderson House Fire

Published 07/13 2014 05:33PM

Updated 07/13 2014 06:38PM

"But the main thing is, I'm not gonna put anybody in jeopardy over an abandoned structure."
Those are the words of Assistant Chief Jerry VandenBrook.

While most people were at church Sunday morning, Henderson firefighters were battling a house fire in 1300 block of Powell Street.

When crews arrived around 10:00 in the morning, they say flames were coming through the roof and around the chimney.
Officials have determined that the fire started in the bathroom.

Since the home was abandoned, there was no electricity or gas - but officials say it does look like somebody had been living there; they found a bed, but no one was at the home when firefighters arrived.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The biggest battle firefighters faced wasn't the fire itself - it was mother nature.
"It's supposed to be 90 degrees, heat index of 100, and with the humidity in the air, we can't evaporate our sweat and stuff like that to cool down, especially wearing all the gear, we're wearing 70 plus pounds of gear. On a day like today, it's just miserable. It's, like trying to do something inside a sauna," said Assistant Chief VandenBrook.

He also wanted to thank the Salvation Army and the local ambulance service for their support Sunday - they brought firefighters ice, water and towels.

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