No cause has been determined in the blaze firefighters say heavily damaged a home northeast of Goshen Friday night.
Firefighters from Elkhart, Jefferson, Clinton and Concord townships battled the blaze at the home of Roelf Kuitse, 18280 Buckridge Court. Kuitse discovered the fire when he arrived home from work. The fire was called in to emergency dispatchers at 6:16 p.m.
Doug Gadson of the Elkhart Township Fire Department said firefighters were at the scene until 3:13 or 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning. He said the fire at the Kuitse home rekindled at around 7 a.m. Saturday and again around 10:43 p.m.
No one was injured in the blaze.
Gadson indicated Monday the extent of the damage at the home is making it difficult to get in and investigate. Elkhart Township Fire Chief Ryan Rheinheimer said heavy equipment was to be brought in this week to sift through the debris.
Rheinheimer also said that in all of his years of firefighting he’s never had a homeowner think about shutting the gas off, which Kuitse did.
Driver hurt in crash
An Osceola man was injured when a piece of ice went through the windshield of the vehicle he was driving Monday in LaGrange County.
The mishap occurred at U.S. 20 in the area of C.R. 750 West, south of Shipshewana. LaGrange County police said Jeffrey Rankin was driving west in a Freightliner semi when a piece of ice came off an eastbound vehicle. The ice went through the windshield, and Rankin was hit in the face with ice and glass. He suffered facial lacerations.
• Angela S. Fry, 402 S. Seventh St., Goshen, told Goshen police Sunday that someone stole her 2002 Toyota Sequoia while it was parked in her driveway.
• Jessica School, 1219 Chicago Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone attempted to break into her home around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.