GOSHEN — An early morning fire heavily damaged a Goshen home, but the five children inside 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 alone at the time, according to Goshen Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott McDowell, but Goshen police helped get them out.
The fire started in the attic of the structure, but resulted in damage throughout, from water and the collapse of the home’s roof, among other things. McDowell said officials hadn’t yet pinpointed a cause and the fire remains under investigation.
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.
According to McDowell, only the five kids, ages ranging from 4 to 10 or 12, were in the home at the time of the blaze. A neighbor to the west called authorities, alerted by smoke. In the meantime, one of the five children woke up, alerting the others, he said.
The five kids in the home were brought to IU Health Goshen Hospital for observation, McDowell said, but they were all OK.