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Man still in critical condition after massive Bargersville house fire; investigators unable to determine cause

When fire crews arrived, they found a man outside the home who had been severely burned.

BARGERSVILLE, Ind. — A man remains in critical condition one week after he was injured in a massive fire at a Bargersville home, firefighters said Wednesday. 

The Bargersville Fire Department posted that firefighters were working on a house fire around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the 6600 block of Travis Road, near State Road 37 and County Road 700 North.

The department shared photos of the blaze erupting from the home, burning the majority of the house.

Crews encountered multiple explosions while working on the fire.

When firefighters arrived, they found the home's owner severely burned outside of the structure. The man, who was unable to speak to firefighters at the scene, was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. 

The other family members who live in the residence were accounted for, firefighters said.

Firefighters say a narrow driveway and poor water access hampered their efforts. Multiple agencies assisted in getting the fire under control in about 45 minutes.

Bargersville Fire is on the scene of a working residence fire at 6612 Travis Rd. Heavy black smoke reported upon arrival. Crews encountered multiple explosions.1 civilian transported in critical condition. Narrow drive and poor water access has hampered firefighters. Multiple agencies are assiting.

Posted by Bargersville Fire Department on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Fire investigators have completed the work at the house and are unable to determine the cause of the fire. Investigators are waiting to speak with the homeowner, who remains in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital.

Police tell 13News they've had several runs to the home with mental health concerns. Safety concerns for officers led to two officers needing to be dispatched when called to the home.

The home, which was valued at $800,000, and its contents are considered a total loss.


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