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Three departments respond to garage, house fire in Harrison County

The homeowners said they lost a tractor, their truck, two four-wheelers and all their tools, along with their garage and back side of their porch.

It took work from three fire departments to put out a fire in Harrison County Friday afternoon.

Just after noon, a portion of the Rich Mar Farm along Norris Road in Tippecanoe caught fire.

"We have several departments are here. We had the garage catch on fire apart from the house, but then it caught the back side of the house on fire,” said Freeport Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Coch.

The homeowners said they lost a tractor, their truck, two four-wheelers and all their tools, along with their garage and back side of their porch.

"A lot of neighbors helping people coming,” Coch said. “The man that owns the house is a good man in the community helped our department out for years, so we do what we have to do with what we have."

The Freeport, Washington Township and Antrim Volunteer Fire Departments all responded to the call.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and demolition on the garage already began.

Coch said when they tackle fires at someone’s home, they know personally, it’s more emotional.

"Small communities, tighter-knit, they’ll be getting phone calls all afternoon: ‘What can we do for you?’ and that’s just the way it is and it’s the way it should be."

The family’s animals made it out safely. No one in the family was injured. One fire fighter suffered from heat exhaustion putting out the fire.

Coch said without the quick response from all three departments, the entire house could’ve gone up in flames.

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