A house was destroyed by fire near Mechanicsburg, just outside of Madison County, Thursday night.
Area fire departments were called to 10914 Mechanicsburg-Catawba Road after 11 p.m. No one was hurt.
The resident of the Clark County house woke up to his fire detectors going off, according to Chief Brian Bennington of the Central Townships Joint Fire District. He exited the building and called for help.
Tankers from Pleasant, Harmony, Pleasant Valley, Union and Central townships fire districts’, among others, helped battle the blaze.
The freezing temperatures presented some challenged, according to Bennington.
“Extreme temperatures take a toll on the personnel. The key is to rotate personal. Keeping them hydrated is important. A cold bottle of water on a freezing night isn’t a good idea,” he said.
The Central Townships Crew left after four and-a-half hours.
Bennington notes that this fire is a good reminder for people to check their smoke detectors.
“It could potentially save a life,” he said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616 ext. 1615.