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Fire destroys Benton County home

OXFORD, Ind. -    A house and garage were destroyed by fire early today (Fri) in Benton County, Indiana.  No injury was reported in Oxford.  The fire broke out around 12:45 am in the 400-block of E. Benton Street.

Firefighters reported 18 five people were living in the home. A woman inside woke up to the smoke and fire in a back bedroom. She quickly woke up her parents and grabbed her two children. All five made it out safely.

Firefighters from Oxford, Fowler and Boswell all responded to the scene.

A pickup truck and aerosol cans only helped fuel the fire. The fire forced a main part of town to be shut down to traffic. Firefighters fought the second floor fire from the roof of the porch, using a chainsaw at times. The heat only created more problems but firefighters were able to eventually get the upper hand.

The cause of the fire is unknown.