GOSHEN — An early morning fire heavily damaged a Goshen home, but though five children were inside, they all exited the structure safely.
The fire at 307 S. Seventh St. was called in around 7:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Five kids were inside at the time, according to Goshen Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott McDowell, but Goshen police helped get them out.
The damage appeared focused in the second floor and attic of the single-family home. Part of the roof was actually gone, burned away, and as of around 9 a.m., a firefighter in a ladder truck above the structure continued to periodically douse the home with water.
Three fire trucks sat in Seventh Street in front of the home, hoses snaking along the ground, and the roadway remained closed to traffic as firefighters wrapped up their efforts.
McDowell said officials hadn't yet pinpointed a cause and the fire remained under investigation. When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were coming from the roof, he said.
Jacynda Guevara, the owner of the home, watched as firefighters brought the blaze under control, awaiting more information. A firefighter approached and brought her a guinea pig in a cage, safely removed from the house.
The animal was part of a school project of her children, Guevara explained.
Guevara was actually at work when the fire was called in, she said. She said she lives there with her four kids, a roommate and the roommate's child.
The five kids in the home were brought to IU Health Goshen Hospital for observation, McDowell said, but they were all OK.