This evening, Westfield firefighters presented a $5,655 check to the Steadman family on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The money was raised over labor day weekend during their annual fill-the-boot campaign. Firefighters took to streets with their fire boots. With boots in hand, they solicited donations and the community reciprocated.
“This is definitely the best year for our fill-the-boot campaign,” said Firefighter Jason Maners. “We receiving such an outpouring of support from our community. It was great.”
Fill the Boot funds also are used to support some of the 300 worldwide research projects seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and ALS.
WESTFIELD, Ind. — Westfield firefighters saved two homes this morning after fire broke out during simultaneous lightning strikes. Around five this morning, lightning from a passing storm hit a house at 3160 Joshua Circle. Firefighters arrived shortly after and found flames coming from the basement. They jumped into action–putting out the fire and making sure everyone was safe.
At the same time, another fire broke out at 15102 New Haven Drive. Crews from Westfield and Carmel got on the scene shortly after and also found fire in the basement. They put the fire out and protected the rest of the house from further damage.
“Both homes were saved today because of the quick work of our firefighters along with firefighters from Carmel,” said John Barrett fire department spokesperson.
The estimated damage for both homes is 17,000 dollars: 10,000 at the 3160 Joshua Circle house and 7,000 at the New Haven Drive house. Investigators say both fires were caused by lightning that struck each home. Everyone made it out safe and there were no injuries.