Several volunteer fire departments collaborated to extinguish a house fire, and donations are now being accepted on the residents’ behalf.  

At about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, Milton-Washington Township, Dublin and Cambridge City volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a structure fire in the 9000 block of Chapel Road in rural Milton.  

The first unit to arrive reported heavy fire and smoke at the two-story home and requested that Centerville, Abington, and Bentonville fire departments also bring volunteers and water tankers. Reid Health EMS also responded.

Milton-Washington Township’s Chief Richard Pollitt Jr. said they were on scene for more than six hours after the initial call and also went back for about 45 minutes Friday for a flare-up.  

No one was injured in the blaze. The fire’s cause is under investigation, Pollitt said Friday, and a damage estimate was not yet available. 

Dublin Fire & EMS is collecting clothes, gift cards and financial donations for the family who “lost everything,” according to a social media post it shared.   

Clothing needs include women’s large shirts; women’s maternity large shirts, leggings and pants; sizes 12 to 18 months for a girl; men’s pants in sizes 42×32, 38×28 and 32; and men’s shirts (3X, 2X and XL).  

To arrange a time to deliver donations to Dublin’s fire station at 2248 E. Cumberland St., call 765-478-1266 or 765-914-5403. Mail can be sent to P.O. Box 61, Dublin, IN 47335.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 31 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.