Off-duty firefighter pulls two people from trailer fire

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire ripped through a trailer south of  Monticello Friday evening.

Monticello Fire Assistant Chief Robert Hickman said the fire started around 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of U.S. 421. Off-duty firefighter Jared Orem arrived on scene before emergency crews. He pulled out two people inside the trailer. Hickman said Orem needed help from another civilian, David Hefner, to keep the two people from going back in the trailer to retrieve their belongings.

When emergency crews arrived, the trailer was engulfed with flames. Hickman said crews were able to get it under control quickly.

Two people were transported to IU Health White Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Hickman says the trailer was a total loss.

U.S. 421 was closed while crews worked to extinguish the fire. It was back open by 8 p.m. Friday.

Crews from Idaville, Reynolds, and Chalmers fire departments assisted.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Hickman said the people inside the home are not cooperating with investigators.

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