Fire rubble

Photo by Susan G. Wright

Rubble is what remains after a vacant home, at the corner of Union and Columbia streets in Attica, ignited shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The Attica Fire Department responded to a call of a burning house at the corner of Union and Columbia streets shortly after 1 a.m. June 11.

Attica, Williamsport, West Point, and Mellott fire departments worked at the scene to extinguish flames and protect neighboring homes owned by Jessie Roberts and Charlie and Joyce Strickler.

The Stricklers’ home received damage from the fire melting the siding on the east side of their home. Roberts credited his son as being a hero during the emergency, running to make sure everyone was awake and safe between his and the Stricklers’ homes.

Roberts explained that he was about 10 feet away from the flames from his bedroom in the Union Street home.

Roberts explained that home that burned had been a vacant rental for several years and he had made offers to buy the property to erase the eyesore.

While the actual cause of the fire has not been identified at this time, the neighbors were making a guess that it was not due to appliances or normal household situations.

Attica Fire Chief Michael Little was not able to be reached for additional comments.

Vectren Energy was onsite repairing a natural gas line damaged during the events in fighting the fire.