Fire Destroys House, Spreads To Neighbor

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Fire Destroys House, Spreads To Neighbor
What started as a grass fire ended with the total destruction of a house and shed in White Branch near Warsaw on Saturday, December 16.  The Warsaw Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at 2:13 PM on Saturday.
According to Warsaw Fire Chief Rob Lane, Warsaw brought two tankers and a fire engine to the scene with 10 volunteers fighting the blaze.  The Lincoln Fire Department responded to the call as well bringing a fire engine, a tanker and five volunteers as well.   The combined fire departments fought the blaze until 8 PM.
 “We had a red flag warning on Saturday as well as 17 MPH wind,” said Lane.  “While we were fighting the fire we had another call from a 50 acre fire on Dwyer Road so I had to send five of our volunteers to fight that fire.”
Osage Valley Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the Dwyer Road fire.  Lane reported that the Warsaw Fire Department had a total of five fires which they responded to on Saturday.  “It was not a good day to burn trash,” Lane said. 
The house which belonged to Danier Johnson was a total loss.  A nearby shed belonging to Darrell Haymart was also a total loss.  Johnson was not present at the time the house caught fire.
“We appreciate the mutual aid of the Lincoln and Osage Valley Fire Departments,” Lane said.