Homeowners say firefighters showed heart while batting flames

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind.– The husband and wife who were sleeping in their home when it caught fire Thursday morning said they want to thank the firefighters who responded.

Sugar Creek Township fire crews called in Indianapolis firefighters for extra help battling the flames around 3 a.m. in Hancock County. Homeowner Rick Bullard said his wife was shouting from the living room that she needed help and told him to wake up.

“The woman was apparently asleep on the couch, woke up and said it looked like daylight outside. The homeowners were able to get out okay, so we had no injures, no entrapment here on scene,”said Assistant Chief Mark Mattes with the Sugar Creek Fire Department.

Bullard was restoring a 1967 Camaro which was parked in the burning garage. Luckily, firefighters were able to protect it by throwing a fire-resistant tarp over the car. He said he’d put about 30,000 dollars worth of repairs into the car.

Bullard said the firefighters showed how much they cared by putting in the effort to save the Camaro. He said the most important thing was that his wife was okay.

“That’s the best thing,” Bullard said. “I figured the car was gone, but it’s not and i appreciate what the fire department’s done for me. They covered it up and tried to save it,” he said.

Investigators are still looking for a cause of the fire. Mattes initially estimated damage to the home to be about $45,000. Bullard said he and his wife were waiting for their insurance agent to come to the house to assess the damage.