UPDATE: Multi-million dollar house burns in Leesburg

Crews remained on the scene of a fire in Leesburg until early afternoon because it was still burning even hours after it started.

Kosciusko County officials tell NewsCenter 16 the blaze started at a home on the north shore of Tippecanoe Lake around 10 p.m. Thursday. Crews were called by an automated fire alarm from the home’s security system.

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The 11,000 square-foot home is owned by one of the co-founders of Biomet, Jerry Ferguson and his wife. The couple was out of town at the time the fire started. They'd just moved into the house this past summer.

The fire is still burning with 7 departments in Kosciusko County on scene. The Leesburg/Plain Township Fire Department was the first to respond and found the attic in flames. When they arrived, they immediately called for assistance from North Webster and Milford departments. Some of the other departments that helped out were Syracuse, Winona Lake, and Pierceton.

One Leesburg firefighter was injured and taken to a Fort Wayne burn unit. We are told he is in fair/stable condition with burns to his face however his name has not been released at this time.

The cause remains under investigation but officials suspect it was accidental and started in the attic area where there were electric roof/gutter heaters installed.

Local American Red Cross volunteers have been assisting firefighters at the scene throughout the night and morning. Firefighters say the snow and cold did make fighting the blaze very difficult.

According to the Times-Union, the home is worth $5 million.

Stay with NewsCenter 16 on the air and online for the latest on this story as we receive more information.


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