A home in Jefferson Township was heavily damaged by fire this afternoon.
Jefferson, Elkhart and Middlebury township firefighters were called to the home of Ben and Cheryl Rassi, 60751 C.R. 127, at about 1:30 p.m.
The single-story, wood-frame house with a walkout basement had flames shooting out of the front of the home when firefighters arrived.
A brisk wind apparently whipped up the fire. However, firefighters managed to control the fire quickly and are still at the scene.
Ben Rassi said no one was home at the time. His wife was at church. He had been soldering plumbing in the basement and left to get more supplies at Menard's, he said. The fire broke out while Ben was away.
The Rassis have four children. Two are in college. One son is a student at Northridge. And one daughter is out of college but was living at home. None of the children were home at the time of the fire.
Ben added that the family dogs were saved.