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February 15, 2014

Home near Riley a total loss after overnight fire

RILEY — One home was consumed by fire early Saturday morning but the occupants were unharmed, officials said.

The Riley Fire Department responded to the fire on Red Bud Lane at 2:06 a.m. in the Timberlake Subdivision near Indiana 46 and Lama Street, north of Riley, according to a press release.

Firefighters said the home is considered a total loss because of the extensive damage. The cause of the fire will likely remain undetermined. Firefighters also said their efforts were hampered by extreme cold temperatures — -6 degrees this morning — which created water supply problems with frozen equipment. Firefighters were on the scene for over four hours, according to a press release.

According to the Riley Fire Department, homeowners Matthew and Megan Higginbotham told them that they found smoke inside upon arriving at their home after being away for several hours. Firefighters found the fire had started in the first floor, spread to the second floor and attic space and appeared to have been burning for some time.

The home was under construction at the time of the fire, which contributed to the quick spread of the blaze throughout the home, according to the release. No one was injured, the fire department said.

The family was provided shelter by the American Red Cross, officials said.

Honey Creek, Seelyville, Sugar Creek and Pierson Township Fire Departments assisted in the response.

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