POSEYVILLE, INDIANA — The smoke still billowed out of the charred upstairs window with debris littering the ground outside what used to be a home, blackened and burnt by a fire in the early hours of Friday morning.
“It’s a little close to home,” Drew Cox, a firefighter, said. “I’m just glad no one was hurt.”
Cox is one of the firefighters who responded to the house fire around 4 a.m. at 91 Fletchall Avenue in Poseyville. While he has been to other fires before, this one was different. That’s because his house is 92 Fletchall Avenue.
“I just live right behind here,” he said. “I didn’t realize it was there until I pulled out of my driveway. Water was freezing off our helmets. It was freezing off the house.”
The firefighters overcome the cold, but for the family that lived in the house, the cold is the least of their concerns with the fire destroying almost everything they had.
“They lost everything in the fire,” Poseyville Town Council President Bruce Baker said. “There’s smoke damage, fire damage plus water damage. There’s probably very few things that they’re going to be able to get out.”
But the fire has affected more than just the family, according to Baker, which was well known in the small town of Poseyville.
“They’ve been part of the community for several years now,” he said. “Very friendly and are known throughout the community.”
“They’re real nice people,” Cox said.
In a small town like Poseyville, neighbors are like family, and Baker has been making sure his family is treated right. He and others at town hall have been collecting clothing and money, lending a helping hand to the family in need.
“Very compassionate community – I’m very proud of this community,” he said. “I’ve been here most of my life and it’s the way things should be and it should be the norm.”
“When someone’s in need, this town always helps people,” Cox said. “No matter where you live in this town, we all come together and help each other.”
People can drop off clothing donations at the Poseyville Town Hall during office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The town has also set up an account with Community State Bank of Southern Indiana. People can donate funds to the family through any CSB Branch in Posey County.
The fire remains under investigation. The state fire marshal is conducting the investigation.