2 taken to hospital after fire destroys home in South Bend

Published: Jan. 5, 2023 at 6:44 AM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Two women were taken to the hospital after a fire destroyed a home in South Bend on Thursday morning.

Crews were called just after 5:30 a.m. to the 4000 block of Addison Street. When they arrived, they found a house that was fully engulfed. Crews operated in a defensive strategy and used an aerial truck to help extinguish the flames.

We now have new video that shows the moment when this neighborhood got an unexpected wake-up call.

This is what a RING doorbell camera captured as lights flashed and sparks flew in the home across the street.

While you can see the flames slowly getting brighter in this angle, this other viewer video shows how quickly things went from bad to worse.

“It was filled with smoke. The air was terrible. The fire was up to the trees. It was hot out here and there were a ton of firemen and fire trucks,” said neighbor Carie Morgan.

14 crews responded to this fire to be exact.

By the time they arrived, the fire had already spread throughout the home, calling for a defensive strategy to contain the blaze.

We spoke to the next-door neighbor off-camera who showed me the extent of the heat damage to his property.

While he was able to move his vehicle out of the driveway before it was too late, he couldn’t do the same for his wife’s car.

The heat melted the car’s plastic, shattered a back window, and left extensive smoke damage to the passenger side.

That same smoke damage can be seen on the side of the home.

One side of their garbage bin was completely melted from the fire that also warped parts of their garage and shattered a window in the home.

Two women made it out of the home with the help of South Bend Police Officers. Both women were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries that are unknown at this time. No firefighters were injured.

The home is a complete loss, according to firefighters.

The origin and cause of the fire are currently under investigation.

The South Bend Fire Department responded to this fire after responding to a fire at a multi-family home complex in the 500 block of S. St. Joseph Street on Wednesday night around 8:10 p.m. Crews there quickly brought a fire on the third floor under control. Officials say one woman who lived there was taken to the hospital.