(Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
(Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
A structure fire Thursday night in the 1000 block of Park Avenue, which is part of Indiana 56 East downtown, destroyed what were believed to be a house and an outbuilding as fire and first responders responded to what was a fully engulfed situation when they arrived.

The City of Madison Fire Department received the first call just after 9:30 p.m. and was there within minutes, according to Fire Chief Bill DeVries.

The first units to arrive confirmed the fire and its heavy involvement with the home. They also reported power lines involved and that some were active and lying across the road.

A news release said all occupants were able to evacuate and are receiving aid from the Salvation Army in Madison.

The residents reported their pet, that is believed to be a dog, couldn’t exit the house.

The names of the occupants of the house could not be determined at presstime this morning. The house is believed to be a rental unit. There was no information available on whether there were smoke detectors.

Madison Fire engines, 1, 2, 3, 6 Tower 4, Madison Police Department, KDH EMS, Duke Energy and Vectren responded to the blaze.

DeVries said the Madison Fire Department is investigating the cause. A Madison Fire unit will remain on the scene until investigators have finished collecting evidence.

Madison Fire Department reminds that it installs smoke detectors free of charge. To learn more, email DeVries at bdvries@madison-in.gov or call 812-265-8350 and leave a voicemail.