UPDATE: Crews respond to Elkhart house fire

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Elkhart Wednesday morning.

The call came in after 8:30 a.m. for a fire in the 100 block of north Sixth Street. When crews arrived they found heavy smoke and flames coming through the roof of the first floor in the back of the house.

Initially, 23 firefighters were on scene, as well as four engines, a ladder engine and an officer command vehicle. They entered the house and began an "interior attack" of the fire scene, said Battalion Chief Wes Johnson.

Responders searched the basement, first floor and second floor of the home but found no one inside.

At one point, firefighters were forced to evacuate because of the risk of a roof collapse. Until they were able to gain control of the fire and ensure that the structure was stable crews worked to battle the flames from the outside.

Johnson said the fire was extinguished by around 9:30 a.m. An investigation determined that the fire originated in the attic area of the house, however there is no word just yet about what caused the fire to start.

The property is owned by Unique Management, a property contractor in Elkhart.

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