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House fire displaces man, 91

A 91-year-old Corydon man was displaced from his home and two firefighters were injured Monday afternoon at a house fire in north Corydon.
Damage from the blaze caused the second-story roof to collapse, injuring two Ramsey firefighters, who were transported to Harrison County Hospital where they were treated and released after suffering only minor injuries.
Family members who helped him from the residence, located in the 4100 block of Tee Road near Zoar Church Road, said Robert Davis was eating dinner when a passer-by noticed smoke coming from the attic area shortly after 2 p.m.
Emergency dispatch received the call at 2:10 and the first firefighters arrived at 2:21.
By the time Davis was helped from his home, his kitchen was already full of smoke.
‘The neighbors knocked (on) the door and got him out and they said the smoke was really thick even though it appears the fire was contained at that time to the second floor of the home,’ Lonnie Leake, RVFD chief, said.
Twenty-eight firefighters from Ramsey, Harrison Township and Lanesville volunteer fire departments responded to the scene and worked for about 45 minutes to knock out the flames, which were intensified by high winds.
‘We arrived on the scene and tried to knock the fire down, but it was too hot, so we had to attack it from the outside for several minutes to the point where we could go at it again,’ Leake said. ‘The high wind was whipping the fire around in the second story. Once we made a hole to access the roof, it really got going. The wind was definitely a factor.’
The official cause of the fire has not yet been determined pending a fire marshal’s investigation yesterday (Tuesday). Leake said with the exception of some pictures, a few pieces of furniture and an old organ, most everything inside, as well as the house, was a total loss.

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