Heavy winds cause fire to spread as firefighters work to contain blaze at Johnson Co. home for 2 hours

NEEDHAM TOWNSHIP, Ind.— Strong winds Friday afternoon posed problems for firefighters as they worked to contain a large house fire.

Crews with the Needham Fire Department responded to the fire near Watson Road in Needham Township in rural Johnson County. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire coming from the first floor of the home.

Officials say strong winds made the fire difficult to contain. The windy conditions caused the fire to spread to the second floor of the residence.

Fire officials say there were no fire hydrants in the area, so water had to be brought in by trucks.

Needham firefighters were assisted by the Greenwood, New Whiteland and Fairland fire departments. It took firefighters approximately two hours to put out the blaze.

Damage to the home is estimated at $130,000. No one was inside the burning home. However, the owners’ dog is unaccounted for.

ATF officials were on the scene, assisting Greenwood Fire Department officials with the investigation.

4 Fast Facts:

  1. Strong winds made it difficults for firefighters to contain large house fire in Needham Township
  2. Winds caused fire to spread to second floor of home
  3. Multiple fire departments assisted Needham Township firefighters to contain the blaze
  4. The family's dog is unaccounted for

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