THE GOSHEN NEWS
---- — MIDDLEBURY — Fire destroyed an attached garage at a home west of Middlebury Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters were dispatched to the home of Don Schrock, 57166 C.R. 31, at 3:31 p.m. and the blaze was under control at 4:22 p.m., Elkhart County emergency dispatchers reported.
Schrock’s niece, Casey Keeler, lives next door. She watched the firefighting effort from her driveway while holding her daughter Elli. Keeler indicated that no one was home when the fire broke out.
“I saw my neighbor run across the yard,” she recounted. “I thought there was an accident on the road with one of the kids. So I ran out and she said, ‘The house is on fire.’”
Keeler said she went inside the Schrock residence to see if anyone was home. When she went back outside, she saw that the front south corner of the building was on fire, and smoke was rolling out.
“And then with the wind, it just exploded into the garage,” Keeler said.
Capt. Scott Dreamer of the Middlebury Fire Department said the attached garage was destroyed. He said a bathroom and bedroom in the home sustained some damage, and there was also water and smoke damage in the attic area of the residence.
Two trucks on the property were also damaged. Dreamer said one vehicle was a total loss. The other sustained fire damage but was drivable.
Jefferson Township firefighters also assisted at the scene.