All that is left at 729 West 15th street is a pile of smoldering rubble after a fire destroyed the home Monday afternoon.
Heavy fire had already engulfed the structure when the Trenton Fire Department arrived Monday afternoon. The house, which burned to the ground, is a total loss, including all the contents. An emergency call came into the 911 dispatch at 3:25 Monday afternoon.
Fire Chief Brandon Gibler listed the owners and occupants as Jason and Noel Way. They also have an 11-month old daughter and had recently purchased the house. They escaped the blaze. Gibler said an American Red Cross representative came to the scene last night to provide assistance to the family.
The report from Gibler said one firefighter received an injury and was treated and released from Wright Memorial Hospital.
According to Chief Gibler, heavy fire involvement was seen on the north, east, and south sides of the structure. There was fire throughout the lower and upper levels. Trenton firefighters engaged in an exterior attack but Chief Gibler noted their efforts were hindered due to high winds.
Firefighters were at the 15th and Norton location approximately five hours with some personnel remaining on the scene for 12 hours total – leaving the site about 3:30 this morning.
Assisting the Trenton Fire Department were Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District, the Grundy County Ambulance, Trenton Police Department and Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.