NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Four people were treated after a fire late Monday destroyed a home in New Albany and injured two people.
The fire started around 10:30 p.m. at the house in the 1800 block of Grant Line Road. When New Albany firefighters arrived flames were shooting from the house. Extra equipment was called in to help battle the fire.
Capt. Jodie Wilson of the New Albany Fire Department tells WAVE 3 smoke detectors saved the lives of the residents. According to Wilson, the family heard the smoke detector and investigated to see where the smoke was coming from before they called 911.
Chris Whitaker, the homeowner, owns the home, said everyone got out of the home before fire crews arrived. Whitaker struggled to find words while watching his home burn.
"Right around the corner from Christmastime and we can't even have one," said Whitaker. "We lived here for 14-15 years, and nothing's ever happened."
Whitaker thinks the fire started with wiring in the attic, but fire investigators are still looking for the cause.
Wilson said total of four people were injured. A resident from the house was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Three New Albany firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire. They were treated and released at Floyd Memorial Hospital.
Whitaker said his dog, a Chihuahua and Jack Russel mix named Princess, was missing.
Fire officials said the victims were staying with family members.
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