UPDATE: Oakland City Fire Chief, Jim Deffendal, told Eyewitness News Monday’s early morning fire looks suspicious as the vacant home had no electricity.
Chief Deffendal says he expects to hear from the fire marshall for an official cause of the fire.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
ORIGINAL STORY: OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (WEHT) — Around a dozen children, some with Special Needs, were forced to evacuate a Gibson County home overnight, after a house next door to them caught fire.
It happened early Monday morning in Oakland City, near the corner of Columbia and Gibson Streets.
A neighbor told Eyewitness News the house that caught fire had been vacant for awhile.
The fire was so intense, it was sending flames dangerously close to the home next door, where a woman and eleven children live.
They were all able to get out and head for shelter in a nearby nursing home.
The Red Cross has been called in to assist them.
Firefighters at the scene say they believe the fire likely started in a garage behind the home, but professional investigators from Indianapolis will confirm if that’s the case.
The area around Columbia and Gibson is currently closed, as firefighters continue their work.
Trees have been removed from the property to enable firefighters to better battle the fire.
As of now, there have been no injuries as a result of the fire.
Six different fire departments have been involved in fighting the blaze.
According to the Fire Chief, the fire looks suspicious because there was no electricity running in the home. It was a vacant house.
Officials say the fire likely started in a garage behind the home.
We’ll continue to update information as it becomes available.
(This story was originally published on November 4, 2019)