Monroe Fire Protection District Responds to Weekend Fires in Monroe County, Indiana

Staff report

Photos Courtesy of MFD

MONROE COUNTY, Indiana – The Monroe Fire Protection District was actively engaged over the weekend, tackling two separate incidents in Monroe County, Indiana, as detailed in narratives posted on their official Facebook page.

March 10, 2024: Brush Fire Along S State Rd 37

On Saturday afternoon, Engine and Brush 22, Engine 21, and Battalion Chief 22 responded to reports of an out-of-control brush fire along S State Rd 37. Multiple calls from concerned drivers prompted the dispatch, with additional support initially requested from Brush 23 but later disregarded.

Upon arrival, firefighters were found approximately 1.5 acres of tall grass ablaze and advancing towards a tree line. To contain the fire, crews employed leaf blowers and hand tools to establish a fire line ahead of the advancing flames. Simultaneously, additional firefighters utilized hose lines to mop up hot spots around the perimeter of the fire area.

March 9, 2024: Quick Response to Structure Fire on E Kent Rd

The preceding evening, Engines 22, 24, 25, and Battalion Chief 22 were dispatched to the 9900 block of E Kent Rd for a structure fire. The remote location, near the county line, prompted the request for additional resources from the Brown County Volunteer Fire Department in Nashville.

Upon arrival, Engine 22 discovered smoke emanating from the roof of an attached garage. Firefighters initiated a targeted attack, preventing the fire from spreading to the adjacent home. To enhance ventilation and facilitate firefighting efforts, a hole was cut in the garage’s roof.

Within approximately 15 minutes of arriving on the scene, firefighters successfully brought the blaze under control. Thorough checks of the home revealed no extension or hidden fires. The homeowners, present during the incident, attempted to use a fire extinguisher initially, but the fire escalated beyond control. They subsequently closed the garage doors and dialed 911. The closed doors, along with a ruptured water line, played a crucial role in slowing the fire’s spread.

Fire investigators attributed the incident to an accidental electrical failure. No injuries were reported, and medical standby support was provided by IU Health Lifeline Ambulance Service.

The Monroe Fire Protection District remains vigilant and responsive, safeguarding the community against fire emergencies.

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