The Greensburg Fire Department had one hot Saturday night when a fire broke out on Main Street.

The GFD responded to a 10:40 p.m. 911 call at 520 E. Main St. According to Assistant Chief Randy Hoeing, when the firefighters arrived, the house was already blazing.

“On arrival, we could see flames shooting out of the window and the one room was fully engulfed,” Hoeing said.

The firefighters quickly began to ventilate the front of the house while attacking the fire from the side. Concerned for the house next door, Hoeing said they concentrated on ensuring the blaze did not spread down the block. Instead of directly attacking the blaze, they soaked the side of the neighbor’s house.

“You get radiated heat from the flames so you try to keep the house next door cool. You don’t want to shoot directly at the flames either because you’ll blow them back into the room,” Hoeing said.

While firefighters kept the flames at bay on the outside, Hoeing sent in two men to attack the blaze directly. He said veteran Mark Ricke and rookie Craig Johannigman showed a lot of bravery and tact by entering the home and containing the fire. In all, the major portion of the blaze was snuffed in roughly five minutes, he said.

“I can’t say enough for the crew. They worked together and got it knocked down real quick,” Hoeing said. “Mark and Craig did an excellent job too. We had a rookie in there with a veteran and he proved he could hold his own.”

After the fire was snuffed, firefighters spent a good deal of time in the home. They searched for hot spots, which could cause the flames to flare up again, and tore down the ceiling in the one room to ensure the blaze was not hiding in the attic.

The ordeal lasted about three hours, Hoeing said. Traffic on Main Street was blocked during that time as firefighters along with assistance from Decatur County EMS, Greensburg Police Department and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department kept things under control.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Hoeing said. He added, while the fire was contained quickly and kept mostly to one room, he was unsure if the damage was too extensive to salvage the home.

Battling fires in the summer can add extra stress to an already difficult situation, he noted. He said on hot nights such as this one, he and the others keep an eye on each other to ensure they’re all right under all that gear.

“It’s continuous heat,” Hoeing said. “If they go through two bottles of water, we send them over to see the EMS.”

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