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Firefighters save Jalapa home

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A home north of Marion was saved Sunday night by the quick actions of firefighters living nearby, according to Pleasant Township Fire Chief Jeff Bolens.

Bolens said two firefighters who lived close to the single-story house at 2464 W. 500 N. arrived before the fire engines and were able to use fire extinguishers from some Indiana State Police troopers who were first to the scene to slow down the fire.

“That really saved the house,” said Bolens.

The two residents were able to safely exit the house before firefighters arrived, but they weren't able to return to their home Sunday night. The Red Cross was on scene to provide temporary housing assistance.

“Structurally there's a lot of smoke damage and some water damage … but very little actual fire damage,” said Bolens.

The fire damage was limited to a couch, a chair and some carpeting thanks to the quick actions of the first responders, Bolens said.

The origin of the fire was most likely an electrical outlet, according to Bolens. The township did not call in a fire marshal to investigate the fire because it did not appear to be suspicious in nature, he said.

Liberty Township (Wabash County) and Washington Township volunteer fire departments assisted Pleasant Township Sunday night.