Update 10:10 a.m. – Brookville Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Aaron Leffingwell, provides additional details regarding structure fire.

“The house was occupied, but there were no occupants in it at the time,” Leffingwell said.  “We received the call at 4:38 a.m. and were on scene within 12 minutes.”

According to Leffingwell there was heavy fire involvement on the front right side of the house upon arrival at the scene, and it took volunteer firefighters about 35 minutes to contain the fire.

US Hwy 52 was closed due to the water tanks the Volunteer Fire Departments had set up in the middle of the road to extinguish the flames.  On scene was Brookville VFD with three trucks, Metamora VFD with two trucks and Blooming Grove VFD with two trucks.

Leffingwell said the cause of the fire is still undetermined at this time and the house was a total loss.   

Franklin County Indiana 911 services issued a Nixle advisory at 4:54 a.m. alerting FC residents US Hwy 52 between Brookville and Landfill Rd was closed until further notice due to a structure fire.

According to Metamora Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randy Austin, Metamora VFD and Blooming Grove VFD was on the scene to assist the Brookville VFD with the flames ensuing at 11817 US 52 (west of Pizza King).

Another Nixle advisory came through at 7:57 a.m. informing community members US Hwy 52 was back open.

Smoke could still be seen billowing from the structure at 9:00 a.m. and the structure appears to be a total loss.

This is an ongoing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.