Fire chief battles blaze at his own home

Pleasant Township Fire Chief Kevin Bluhm was asleep with his wife when he heard smoke alarms going off

By FireRescue1 Staff

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. — A fire chief battled a blaze inside his own home after waking up in the middle of the night to alarms going off.

WSBT reported that Pleasant Township Fire Chief Kevin Bluhm was asleep with his wife when he heard smoke alarms going off and saw flames inside the house.

Chief Bluhm jumped into action and evacuated his wife and pets before getting to work.

“Once I knew everyone was out and safe – the animals and everything were out – it just became another fire to me. Our training just sort of kicked in and we did flawless work,” Chief Bluhm said.

By the time firefighters made it to the house from the station, flames were shooting through the roof and windows and it took more than an hour to put out the blaze.

“The wind was one of the challenges,” Chief Bluhm said. “We had electrical wiring fall on the house and stayed live on top of one of our hoses on the south side, which dampened our ability to attack from the south side until NIPSCO was able to secure the line.”

The house was completely destroyed, and Chief Bluhm said it still hasn’t sunk in yet.

“We get complacent sometimes thinking it can't happen to us, but obviously we proved that wrong last night,” he said. “It's just another fire right now. I'm waiting for the board-up company to get out here and probably it'll be tomorrow when it starts setting in when we have no place to go home to.”

Officials said an early investigation found that an electrical issue may have been the cause.

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