Fire breaks out at home just outside of downtown South Bend


South Bend, Ind. It was a weekend to enjoy friends and family that turned very dangerous after residents say their grill caught on fire, spread to their house and in seconds, burst into flames.

The blaze broke out around 3:15 p.m. Friday near the intersection of St. Joseph and East Marion Streets. That's just blocks away from Memorial Hospital. Crews were still working on the scene three hours later.

Everyone got out of the house ok, but two firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion and dehydration. They are expected to be just fine.

Eight Notre Dame Lacrosse players live in this house along with one cheerleader and about five or six parents were also in town to enjoy this weekend with their girls.

“I could hear a noise that sounded like a storm almost and it was flames so I ran outside to see what it was and it was climbing up the house, the propane tanks were ignited blowing kind of like blow torches,” explains Robert Dooley.

“I remember my dad actually screamed for everyone to get out of the house, the alarms were going off, we thought maybe it was a little fire, then all of a sudden we look and we just see the roof starts lighting up,” says Grace Dooley.

Within minutes crews arrived at the scene. After the fire was contained firefighters helped the girls and their parents save what they could.

“The second and third floor has pretty heavy smoke, fire and water damage. The first floor is just water damage,” says South Bend Fire Battalion Chief Nick Tekler

As fast as it took firefighters to respond Friday, that's how fast it took Notre Dame to get to the scene to do what they could to help

“They recovered football tickets for us, they are taking us shopping, I know a lot of us don’t have cloths and they are recovering our textbooks. They set us up in apartments on campus, the grad student apartments,” says Grace.

“It’s confirmation of everything we have always believed in the place. That’s why we trusted her to Notre Dame. We are very fortunate that she is able to be here and they have, they have been here the whole way. In a situation like this, as tragic and as unsettling this can be for kids at this age, they were here in full force

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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