On Friday August 31, 2012, at 2057hrs the Penn Twp. Fire Dept. was dispatched to a reported residence fire at 10478 Jefferson Rd. Penn Twp. units arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the dispatch and found heavy fire coming from the rear of a small one story residence that was well off the road and backed up to the river. Prior to the arrival of the Penn Twp. FD neighbors had pulled the occupant of the residence from the home, who was sleeping at the time of the fire.
Penn Twp. Firefighters did an aggressive interior attack, and contained the fire within 10 minutes of arrival to the rear portion of the home, with some fire extension to the walls and attic. Two cats did perish in the fire, but there were no other injuries.
Penn Twp. Fire Units were assisted on the scene by companies from the Clay Fire Territory, Cleveland Twp. FD, Baugo Twp. FD and Osceola FD as well as South Bend Fire Dept. Medics.
Penn Twp. units cleared the scene at 2326hrs.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. A damage estimate is not available at this time.