Number for Hoosiers Having Difficulty Contacting Family in Boston

Hoosiers having difficulty contacting family in Boston can call designated number.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security received information from a Massachusetts emergency management agency with the following information.

In response to the explosions in Boston today, Hoosiers who are having trouble contacting family in Boston can call the following number to check on them: 617-635-4500.

Please DO NOT call the number unless there is difficulty contacting family.

Westfield Home Destroyed by Fire

Westfield firefighters extingushing the blaze at 176 Tansey Crossing

Westfield firefighters extingushing the blaze at 176 Tansey Crossing

Firefighters were busy this weekend after discarded smoking materials caught a Westfield home on fire. On Sunday afternoon, people near 176 W Tansey Crossing saw thick black smoke billowing into the sky. They immediately called 9-1-1. Firefighters saw the smoke before they even left the station and called a second alarm—bringing in more crews from neighboring fire stations.

When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from every window and door in the front. They could not even see the back because of heavy smoke and flames. Despite the odds against them, firefighters mounted a stand—saving two adjacent homes that were beginning to catch on fire as well.

Firefighters would spend over an hour putting the fire out. While the home will have to be rebuilt, the good news is that everyone made it out safe and no one was injured. Investigators believe the fire started on the rear porch from discarded smoking materials. The damage to the three homes is estimated at $270,000. The homeowners were coming back from out of town and were staying with family overnight. Their adult children were home at the time of the fire.

The back side of the home engulfed in flames and smoke

The back side of the home engulfed in flames and smoke

 

Firefighters mounted a stand and saved two neighboring homes today

Firefighters mounted a stand and saved two neighboring homes today

Congresswoman Susan Brooks Visits Westfield Fire

Congresswoman Brooks answers questions from Westfield firefighters.

Congresswoman Brooks answers questions from Westfield firefighters.

Congresswoman Susan Brooks stopped by Westfield Fire this morning.  During her visit,  she fielded questions from firefighters and gave her support to firefighters across her district.

“It was an honor to host Congresswoman Brooks this morning, ” said Fire Chief Jason Lemons. “We’re excited for the great things she’s doing as she serves us in Washington. ”

The Hamilton County Professional Fire Fighters Union also present the congresswoman with a special fire helmet that she’ll be hanging in her office in the nation’s Capitol.

Firefighters Union President Tony Murray presents Congresswoman Brooks with a special fire helmet to be displayed at the Capitol.

Firefighters Union President Tony Murray presents Congresswoman Brooks with a special fire helmet to be displayed at the Capitol.

Congresswoman Brooks met with firefighters from Westfield this morning.

Congresswoman Brooks met with firefighters from Westfield this morning.