BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A vacant home scheduled to be demolished within a week went up in flames Friday in Bartholomew County, according to the German Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 6300 block of North US 31 around 4:30 p.m.
Crews spent 45 minutes removing overgrown trees and brush around the home in order to get close enough to battle the fire.
After determining that the two-story, 4,000-square-foot home was vacant, firefighters allowed the structure to burn and worked to ensure the fire didn’t spread to nearby trees.
The house was scheduled to be demolished within a week, and, after several burglaries, there was nothing of value left inside, the property owner told firefighters.
One lane of southbound US 31 was closed for several hours as water was brought in to battle the fire.
The value of the structure and contents was estimated at $500,000, according to the German Township Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.