Firefighters battle fire for over 4 hours

Riley, Ind. fire (Provided Photo/WTHI)
Riley, Ind. fire (Provided Photo/WTHI)

RILEY, Ind. (WTHI) – Just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, the Riley Fire Department responded to a residence fire on Red Bud Lane in Timberlake’s Subdivision near State Road 46 and Lama Street North.

When officials arrived on scene the homeowners, Matthew and Megan Higginbotham, advised they found smoke inside the home when they arrived home after being away for several hours.

Firefighters found the fire had started on the first floor but then spread to the second floor and the attic space. It appeared the fire had been burning for some time, our sister station WTHI reports.

The quick spread of the fire throughout the home can be contributed to the fact that it was under construction at the time.

Due to the below freezing temperature at -6 degrees, water supply was an issue due to frozen equipment.

Officials are saying the home is a total loss. The cause of the fire will likely remain undetermined due to the extensive damage.

Firefighters were on the scene for over four hours.

The Higginbotham family was provided shelter by the American Red Cross and no injuries were reported. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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