Cause of fire under investigation

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Noblesville firefighters work to extinguish a residential fire at 208 Ashford Ct. on July 10. (Submitted photo)
Noblesville firefighters work to extinguish a residential fire at 208 Ashford Ct. on July 10. (Submitted photo)

Noblesville Fire Dept. investigators are working to determine what caused a residential fire at 208 Ashford Ct. in the North Harbour subdivision on July 10.

NFD Division Chief Rick Russell said the fire originated in the garage of the home in the area of a work bench where investigators said they found an ash tray, power strip and numerous electrical appliances.

“The fire investigators are in the process of conducting further interviews, as well as testing their hypotheses regarding an electrical appliance fire versus discarded smoking material,” Russell said, adding that the fire is not suspicious.

Firefighters arrived at the home at 12:11 p.m. and noticed smoke and flames coming from the attached garage, as well as the two vehicles that were parked in the driveway. Russell said fire personnel made a quick search of the area and found no one around. The homeowners, Michael and Michele Spaulding who were located behind their home in the fairway of the golf course, told officials they discovered the fire in their garage and had to escape out the back of their home to safety.

Fire crews had the fire under control at 1:06 p.m. Despite the downpour Noblesville received in the early afternoon, Russell said the weather did not assist or hinder firefighting efforts.

“It was not raining at the time of the incident,” he said. “The majority of the fire was extinguished prior to the down pour of rain.”

No one was injured in the fire, which Russell said caused approximately $250,000 in damages.

“There is smoke damage throughout the home,” he said. “The majority of damage caused by even a very small fire is a result of the smoke that is produced from today’s plastics and fabrics. The fire was contained to the garage and the attack above that area. The entire attic space has sustained extensive heat damage.”


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