Blaze destroys family home


TOWN OF FLOYD — A family of five lost their home to a fire on Route 274 in Floyd Monday evening, according to local fire officials.

No one was injured, fire officials said, adding that the
Caldwell family was not home when a passerby discovered the fire shortly before 7 p.m.

“There was heavy smoke and fire up into the attic” on arrival, said Floyd Fire Chief Dan Schwertfeger this morning.

He said volunteers from three fire departments launched an interior attack on 8334 Route 274. The one-story residence is just north of the Village of Holland Patent.

“We went inside to start with. We got a good hit on it initially, but it had already gotten up into the attic,” the chief stated. “So we chased it up there.”

Schwertfeger said the fire took about an hour and a half to knock down because the crews had to chase various hot spots in the attic.

Firefighters were back in service at about 2 a.m.

The chief said no one was injured and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. He said the Caldwell family does have insurance.

Two adults and three adult children lived at the residence, officials said. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The Floyd, Holland Patent and Barneveld fire departments responded to the scene, with Stittville on standby.


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