Photo Gallery: Fire Engulfs Benton Drive Residence; Investigation Underway

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Firefighters respond to a fire in Benton Drive on November 28, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Monroe Fire Protection District)

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana — November 28, 2023

Firefighters rushed to Benton Drive shortly after midnight today in response to a blaze that consumed a residential structure, according to the Monroe Fire Protection District.

Dispatch received a call at approximately 12:05 a.m., citing visible smoke and flames emanating from the house, prompting the response from fire units. Tender 24 arrived first at the scene, confirming a fire had breached the structure’s roof and commenced fire suppression tactics, according to MFPT.

Efforts by the responding units focused on containing the blaze upon entry through the front door, preventing further spread across the residence. Despite their swift action, the entire house sustained significant heat and smoke damage.

No occupants were present inside the home at the time of the incident.

The cause behind the destructive fire remains under investigation.

A collaborative effort involving multiple firefighting units was deployed, including Tender 24, Engines 25, 22, and 29, Ellettsville Fire Department Engine 81, Battalion 29, and Chiefs 2-1, 2-3, 2-5, and 2-8. Additionally, IU Lifeline Ambulance provided crucial medical standby support throughout the operation.

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