Garage fire displaces Noblesville family


(Photo provided by Division Chief Rick Russell)

An afternoon fire on Sept. 29 has left one Noblesville family temporarily homeless.

At approximately 3:54 p.m, the Noblesville Fire Department was dispatched to a residence fire located at 18760 Pilot Mills Drive, in the Mill Grove Housing Additions. NFD Division Chief Rick Russell said uupon fire suppression crews’ arrival at 3:59 p.m., they marked smoke and flames showing from the two car attached garage.

“Crews made an interior attack on the fire and keep it contained to the area of the garage,” he said. “The fire incident was marked under control at 4:19 p.m.”

The occupants, Jerry Youree, his wife and children were not home at the time of the fire. The Youree family rent the home from Tom S. Nguyen.

Russell said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and the estimated dollar loss is approximately $95,000.

“The Hamilton County Service area of the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis is assisting the occupants of the residence,” Russell said.

Several community organizations and youth sports leagues are also working to help provide the Youree family with assistance.

“One of the many great reasons we choose to live in Noblesville is that we take care of each other and help our neighbors when they are in a time of need,” said Noblesville Youth Baseball President Troy Gamble. “Right now, we have a family that really needs our help and we must rally to support them. . . The family, including three children, has both immediate and long term needs.”

Gamble explained that the Noblesville Elementary Football League is coordinating help and collecting donations that can be made for the family. The No. 1 priority is a place to live. Those that own a rental property or know of someone who can help are asked to email

Once the family has a place to stay, they will need all household items including beds, furniture, linens, dishes, clothes, and essentials like toiletries.

“Ideally we would collect gift cards or Visa cards for the family so they can buy what is needed for the kids,” said Gamble. “Thank you in advance from the Youree family and the entire Noblesville community.”

All donations can be dropped off at the NEFL concession stand at Dillon Park Monday to Thursday evenings or all day Oct. 6 and 13. Donations can also be mailed to NEFL care of Youree family, P.O. Box 805, Noblesville, 46061.

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