IMAGES: No injuries reported after fire rips through New Albany home
Firefighters say a false ceiling allowed the flames to spread quickly.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- No one was injured in a fire that gutted a New Albany home early Tuesday.
Crews were called to the home on Georgianna Drive near Budd Road just after 7 a.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting 15 feet into the air and smoke was billowing out of the roof. A neighbor tells WDRB that a man, his wife and their three dogs live there, and they were already outside when fire crews arrived.
Crews from New Chapel, Lafayette Township and Georgetown were called to help.
As firefighters were battling from inside the home, the ceiling started to collapse. They also had to tear down several interior walls to actually get to the fire.
Maj. Paul Holcomb with the New Chapel Fire Company says it did take crews a while to get the fire under control because the home had a false ceiling.
"We noticed that there was a false ceiling inside causing, obviously, a void which carried the fire throughout the structure," Holcomb said.
At this point, investigators are looking into exactly how the fire started. They say the home will most likely be a total loss.
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