Fire destroys home in northern Posey County


GRIFFIN, Ind. (WEHT) — An overnight house fire in northern Posey County destroyed one home, according to Griffin Fire Chief Tim Compton.

Chief Compton said multiple departments were called to the 300 block of Main Street in Griffin for a working structure fire just after midnight Monday.

The homeowner’s son, Scott Yancy, said his mother had lived in the home for more than 20 years.

“It’s pretty bad, her whole life was in there and she lost everything, it’s a total loss,” Yancy said. “She was out of town at the time thankfully.”

Yancy is now left picking up the pieces.

“There was one person inside the house, but they were able to get out safely, so no one was hurt,” Yancy said. “But (my mother) has not seen the property yet, so when she arrives, we will try to be here and support her and comfort her the best we can.”

Firefighters spent several hours working the scene early Monday morning trying to contain the fire.

Neighbors said hotspots created another challenge around sunrise.

“Then it started back up this morning on the other side where that truck is at,” said nearby neighbor Adrian Nuckolls. “That garage caught fire back there too or part of it.”

With no fire hydrants in Griffin, water had to be trucked in.

Neighbors say many people came outside of their homes early Monday morning to see what was going on down the street.

“The whole town of Griffin seen it all and they all come out in their nightgowns,” said Nuckolls.

As for the family, Yancy said everything was lost except for a couple of photos of his mother’s family. The small memories saved.

The family has a message for the crews that worked through the night.

“Sometimes, the volunteer fire departments don’t get enough credit for the things they do, but it is appreciated,” Yancy said.

Officials said they still aren’t sure what exactly started this fire. The chief said no injuries were reported.

(This story was originally published on April 5, 2021)

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