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Source: Kokomo Tribune

Fire devastates McCann Street house

By Cody Neuenschwander

KOKOMO – A house fire Wednesday evening caused significant damage to a residence, with preliminary reports stating the blaze appeared to have originated near a chimney flue pipe.

No injuries were reported during the fire in the 1400 block of North McCann Street, which caused an estimated $37,000 in damage. The cause is under investigation.

The Kokomo Fire Department received a call at 11:55 p.m. According to a fire report, the house’s occupant was awakened by his dog barking. He noted there was flame around the area where a wood stove’s flue pipe met the wall. The house, he noted, was wood-heated.

KFD responded at 11:59 p.m., noting the fire was heaviest to the rear of the house, and confirmed there were no occupants inside, reports say.

Powerlines around the back were knocked down, and fire personnel stayed near the line to make sure nobody stepped on it. Units went inside to attack the fire in the house’s attic area.

According to reports, hot embers were found in a wood stove.

After the structure was secured, the last of the fire personnel left the scene by 2:07 a.m.

Cody Neuenschwander can be reached at 765-454-8570 or by email at cody@kokomotribune.com

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