Multiple homes catch fire in West Lafayette neighborhood

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A line of houses in a West Lafayette neighborhood were destroyed by fire Friday afternoon.

The Wabash Township Fire Department told the Courier & Journal that crews were called to the scene near Lindberg Village at about 3:37 p.m. and the fire was extinguished by 5 p.m.

Fire Chief Ed Ward told the newspaper that one person was home when the fire started, a 13-year-old boy. He made it out safely, as did multiple pets.

Ward said one firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion, but he’s expected to be okay.

A neighbor across the street told WLFI that he heard a big boom at about 3 p.m. and came outside to find five houses in flames. He then sprayed his home with water in attempt to keep the siding on.

The cause of the fire is unclear at this time. Indiana State Fire Marshal investigators are working to determine what happened.

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