Crews battle large Osceola house fire

OSCEOLA, Ind. (WNDU) Crews battled a large Osceola house fire Tuesday night.

It started at a home near the corner of Apple Road and Adams Street between 6-7 p.m.

When firefighters from Penn Township, Mishawaka, Clay Fire, and other departments arrived, they saw heavy fire in the back of the house, which extended to the second floor. They attacked it from the outside as they were not initially able to get in the front door.

The roof eventually collapsed on the back of the house.

A mom and her disabled son were inside when the fire began. They were able to evacuate safely.

Three pets were also inside at the time of the fire.

Two made it out right away, while one was stuck inside for a couple hours.

"We always tell people when fire comes in to get out, and stay out, and don't worry about your pets. There was some concern about one of the owners going back in to get the pet. We couldn't find him. We looked for him, and lo-and-behold, my gosh, maybe an hour-and-a-half after the fire, the little dog came walking out. He survived in there," said Battalion Chief with Penn Township Fire, Al Kirsits.

Apple Road Theatre and Ministry is collecting donations for the family.

The teenage girl could use come x-large jogging pants, school supplies and a new backpack.

The mom could use an x-large winter coat and pants in size 11.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.