Frozen hydrants partially blamed in blaze that destroyed Lynwood home

2014-01-27T08:42:00Z 2014-01-27T22:55:19Z Frozen hydrants partially blamed in blaze that destroyed Lynwood homeLauri Harvey Keagle, (219) 852-4311

LYNWOOD | A single-family home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

Lynwood Fire Chief John Swanson said frozen fire hydrants hindered firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze.

Swanson said firefighters were called at 12:06 p.m. to the home in the 3000 block of 196th Street. The residents were at church at the time.

When fire crews arrived, they saw fire coming from two basement windows at the back of the house. Strong winds fed the flames, Swanson said.

Firefighters from 10 departments worked to battle the blaze but their efforts were hampered by frozen fire hydrants, Swanson said.

"We had to lay down about 2,000 feet of 5 inch house in both directions, about 1,000 feet in each direction, to hook into two hydrants," he said.

The home collapsed as firefighters worked to contain the blaze. No one was injured in the fire.

Swanson said the fire was out in about 90 minutes, "but by then it was a total loss."

The residents initially declined assistance from the American Red Cross but later asked for help, Swanson said.

Fire investigators were unable enter the building to determine the cause of the blaze due to the collapse of the home, he said.

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