IMAGES: Fire destroys two homes, damages a third in Memphis, Indiana
The reason firefighters will likely stay Sunnybrook Drive for much of the day.
MEMPHIS, Ind. (WDRB) -- Two homes are destroyed and a third damaged, after an early morning fire in Memphis, Indiana.
Firefighters were called to Sunnybook Drive in the Sunset Hills subdivision just before 6 a.m. Friday. Two homes were engulfed in flames, when crews arrived.
Firefighters from mostly volunteer departments from Sellersburg, Monroe Township and Borden battled the intense flames. The home where the fire started has nearly burned to the ground, and fire officials say the second home was destroyed as well.
The third home was damaged by smoke and intense heat. Siding on the side exposed to the fire was melted.
Major Karen Tweedy from the Sellersburg Fire Department says everyone in the houses got out safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital complaining of exhaustion.
Tweedy says a lack of water and water pressure near the scene hampered their efforts.
"It closed us down," Tweedy said. "There was nothing to work with. We had the water on the truck. The first truck in had 500 gallons -- 500 gallons doesn't last one."
The families that escaped the flames watched the effort to save their homes wrapped in blankets standing in a neighbor's driveway.
Homes in the subdivision are very close together. In some cases, the houses are just a few feet apart.
Blake Stowell says he was awakened by people knocking on his door as the fire from his neighbor's home spread to his.
"Somebody woke us up, knocking on the door," Stowell said. "And that's how we woke up, and we got everybody outside, and unfortunately I had to watch it spread.
Firefighters expect to be on the scene much of the day to make sure the still-smoldering homes don't re-ignite.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
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