By Liz Shepherd
PIERCETON — A house in Pierceton was deemed a total loss after a fire on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Pierceton Fire Department responded to the scene around 8:30 p.m. after a passerby reported a structure at 536 S. First St. was fully engulfed. Sidney-Jackson Township Fire Department and Tippecanoe Township Fire Territory responded with full assists.
According to Pierceton Fire Department Lieutenant Nathan Rhoades, no one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Fire personnel were on scene for about two hours. A car parked next to the house was damaged in the fire, as was a neighbor’s fence.
Pierceton briefly responded back to the scene on Sunday, Dec. 3, after Red Cross representatives reported a couple of hot spots.
The home was being rented by Josh Thomas, who resided there with his daughter. Rhoades said there was no insurance on the property and the fire’s cause is undetermined. The estimated value of contents lost in the fire is around $10,000.
Rhoades said several community members and businesses in Pierceton have come together to assist Thomas and his daughter.
“I commend everyone helping the family out during this time of loss,” said Rhoades.
Rhoades also expressed appreciation for everyone who responded to the fire.