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Jasonville family escapes early morning fire Thursday

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Jasonville family escaped an early morning fire unhurt after one of the parents woke up and smelled smoke.

The fire was reported at 1:24 a.m. at the Dennis Smith residence, located at 120 North Horace Street.

The home is owned by Pat Hudson.

Jasonville and Lewis Township fire departments responded to the alarm and were on the scene for about three hours, according to Jasonville Assistant Fire Chief Mike Duckworth.

Cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Duckworth said nothing looks suspicious.

"We are just eliminating possible causes," he said. "We are still gathering information and doing an investigation."

The assistant fire chief said the state fire marshal has not been called in.

Duckworth said Smith was at work, but his wife was asleep in a downstairs bedroom when she was awakened by the smell of smoke. She immediately went to an upstairs bedroom where a child was asleep. Both were able to exit the house without injury.

"They were asleep and there were smoke detectors and they were working," Duckworth said. "Actually, she woke up and smell smoke before the detector went off. When we (the fire department) got there, the detectors were active."

Duckworth said it looks like the fire started in a downstairs living room and spread to the child's bedroom on the second floor.

Duckworth estimated about half of the house was damaged by fire, smoke or water.

Also assisting at the scene were personnel from the Greene County Ambulance Service and the Greene County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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