A Bartholomew County man and family members living with him were left homeless Tuesday after a flue fire spread to the attic and roof of their home, eventually destroying it.
Ed Dailey owned the split-level log cabin at 4635 N. County Road 1000E in the Hartsville area.
Ed Johnson, chief of the Hartsville Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire caused an estimated $200,000 damage. No one was injured in the fire, he said.
Johnson said Dailey discovered the fire as he was preparing to go out for the evening.
Dailey heard smoke detectors go off, discovered the fire and called police at 5:43 p.m., Johnson said.
Dailey shared the home with a daughter and her children, who were not home at the time, Johnson said.
Mary Ellen Anabel, executive director of the American Red Cross of Columbus, said the fire department initially reported the family might need housing assistance. Chapter officials later were told the family had found somewhere to stay at least short term, she said.
Firefighters from Hope, Clifford, Elizabethtown, Clay Township and Burney in Decatur County were called to the scene, Johnson said.
He said firefighting efforts were hampered by several factors.
“It was so cold out there, and that wears guys out pretty quick,” he said.
There also was ice on the roof, which made it difficult for firefighters who had to cut holes in the roof, Johnson said.
He said the cabin had been covered in insulation and siding at some point, and a second roof had been installed atop the first.
Space between the roofs created a draft, which also hampered firefighting efforts, Johnson said.
He said the final firefighters didn’t leave the scene until nearly midnight.