EFD: Friday Morning Fire on West Virginia Street Started Accidentally

The Evansville Fire Department says a Friday morning fire on West Virginia Street was started by accident.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 10:42 AM
Updated: Oct 18, 2021 8:06 AM

The Evansville Fire Department says a Friday morning fire on West Virginia Street was started by accident.

Crews were called to a home in 1000 block of W. Virginia Street around 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning after someone called 911 and said they smelled rubber burning and saw smoke.

When EFD crews got there, they found a fire in the basement and extinguished it in about five minutes.

Neighbors told firefighters that the home is vacant and unsecured and that homeless people use it. 

According to EFD, a homeless individual interviewed by investigators said he was using a stick with a cloth as a torch to see in the basement and accidentally started the fire.

The fire was ruled accidental and no injuries were reported.

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