CLIFFORD — Clifford Township Volunteer firefighters returned to the scene of an early morning house fire in the 7700 block of County Road 550N that rekindled at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The firefighters, along with the Hope, German Township, Columbus Township, Clay and Hartsville fire departments, were first sent to the house at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Clifford Fire Chief Charlie Moore said.

The 2,100-square-foot wood frame home at 7190 E. County Road 550N, east of Clifford, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Moore said.

No one was living in the home, estimated to be about 100 years old, because it did not have heat, Moore said.

Firefighters, who said the home was a total loss, are working to identify the owners and who might have lived there.

Several outbuildings around the home were not damaged and no injuries were reported, Moore said.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene, firefighters said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.