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.
WESTFIELD, Ind.—Westfield firefighters saved a family’s home today after a blaze started in the fireplace. Shortly after four, a neighbor noticed smoke coming from a home at 14910 Bridlewood Drive and called 9-1-1.
Firefighters arrived within minutes to find smoke billowing out of the home—they went quickly into action. Crews entered and found fire extending out of the first floor fire place. As they began to extinguish the fire, other fire stations began to arrive and also went into action. These additional crews searched the home, attacked the fire on the second floor, and cleared roof all at the same time.
“The quick action and seamless coordination between multiple fire stations saved this family’s home today,” said John Barrett, Westfield Fire Department spokesperson.
The homeowner had started a fire in the fire place earlier and was experiencing problems with the damper. Fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and estimate the damage at 25,000 dollars. Everyone made it out of the home safe and there were no firefighter or civilian injuries.
The City of Westfield Fire Department protects 56 square miles in a suburb just north of Indianapolis. Their 70-member department has proudly served its community since 1904.
WESTFIELD, Ind.—Westfield firefighters are currently working rebuild a home’s walls after a truck smashed into it. At about 8 this evening, residents at 129 Coatsville Dr heard a loud bang as they were in the living room. At the other end of the house a Ford pick-up had smashed into a front bedroom—no one was in the room. They immediately went outside and checked on the driver who said he was uninjured.
Firefighters and medical crews arrived shortly after and went to work. The driver was checked by paramedics and released on the scene.
Specially trained tactical rescuers from Westfield and Fishers arrived and began rebuilding the wall. They expect to be at the home for at least another hour and the residents will be staying with family overnight.
WESTFIELD, Ind.—A space heater set fire to a Westfield home this morning at 14605 Little Eagle Creek Avenue. Shortly after midnight, an elderly man was watching television noticed smoke coming from a front room. He jumped up, made his alarm panel, and hit the panic button. Smoke detectors blared and he got out of the house.
Firefighters rushed to the home and found flames busting through first floor windows. They quickly went into action—fighting the blaze with water. With the fire almost out, firefighters soon found flames jumping into void spaces. These spaces caused by numerous renovations and older construction made it extremely difficult for firefighters
The elderly man is staying with neighbors overnight and the American Red Cross is assisting, as well. He was also treated by paramedics and released without going to the hospital. The damage is estimated at $50,000. Firefighters from Westfield, Carmel, Sheridan, Zionsville, and Perry Township assisted with the blaze.
This afternoon Vectren Energy Delivery’s (Vectren) odorant supplier overfilled the odorant tank at Vectren’s Sheridan Regulator Station located in Westfield near US 31 and 156th St. The overfilling of the odorant caused excessive pressure to build up in the tank and odorant to leak out of the fittings. The station is located in a rural area just northwest of Carmel, and has been the cause of several gas odor calls to the fire department this evening.
Crews are currently working to relieve the excessive pressure from the tank and mask the odor. The supplier will return tomorrow to install a mechanism to drain the excess odorant and permanently resolve the matter.
While this odor is traveling through the air in this area, it is important for customers who believe they may have a natural gas leak in their home to leave the home immediately and call Vectren at 800-227-1376 or 911.
A car wreck at the intersection of State Road 32 and Ditch Road in Westfield has shut down traffic both east and westbound lanes. Westfield firefighters and police are working hard to get the road reopened.
A truck smashed into a home at 16259 Countryside Blvd in Westfield early this morning.
WESTFIELD, Ind.—A family narrowly escaped serious injury when a car smashed into their home at 16259 Countryside Blvd. Around midnight, a father had just sat down on his couch when he heard a noise coming from outside. Suddenly, his bookcase began shaking and a pick-up truck slammed through the wall. Debris flew into his living room. The truck then hit the couch and abruptly stopped. The man yelled up to his wife who was with their child upstairs—both were safe. His wife called 911 immediately and all got out of the home.
Westfield firefighters arrived shortly after and jumped into action. The vehicle had made it halfway into the home. Firefighters worked to free the trapped driver while paramedics made sure the residents were okay. Within 7 minutes, crews had the driver out and into medical care—he was released without going to the hospital. The family inside also made it out unscathed.
“While this was a tragic night for our Westfield family, we are so fortunate no one was seriously injured,“ said John Barrett spokesperson for the fire department.“
Firefighters spent the next hour or so rebuilding the demolished wall so the family could get back inside. They finished their work, jumped back into their fire trucks, and headed home.