Floyd County brush fire covers a dozen acres

By Katie Bauer email | bio

FLOYDS KNOBS, IN (WAVE) - A fire that started behind a house in Floyd County has spread into a wooded area near the 6300 block of Old Vincennes Road, not far from Floyd Central High School.

For more than five hours, 40 fire fighters from five different agencies worked to put out the blaze.

"We've got a lot of equipment and man power invested in this," said Doug Meredith, Greenville Fire Chief.

It all happened around 1:30 Monday afternoon, Carl Jamora lives on Old Vincennes Road and he says he was trying to burn of a group of ants on a stack of newspapers near his back garage, but instantly wind caught the flame.

"I panicked," said Jamora.

Jamora says the fire kept growing as it reached the woods in his backyard. It scorched the side of his garage, destroying a lawn mower, but he was worried for his other belongings.

"We have lots of important things in that garage," said Jamora.

The fire was quickly contained, but not before it covered nearly a dozen acres. Crews remained on the scene to put out hot spots.

"I'm thinking not only is it the property that belonged to the homeowner, but it may have actually burned on some other property, but I haven't been able to verify that yet," said Meredith.

Fortunately the fire did not spread to any other structures and no one was hurt, but Meredith says Floyd County is still under a burn ban and it is crucial that folks pay attention.

"People have to realize that this is very dry conditions, it's very unusual to have these dry conditions and it is dangerous when you go out to try to do any type of burning or whatever may be the case, that something like this can happen," said Meredith.

Meredith says this investigation is still on-going, but if it is determined that there was burning going on during the burn ban, the homeowner could face some fines.

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