Update posted at 11:39 a.m.:
Aurora Fire Department investigators have determined the cause of a house fire that occurred Thursday evening on Grant Street.
The fire was caused by an accidental electrical short in the home, said Aurora Fire Department public information officer Kevin Turner.
Original story posted at 6:56 a.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) - Aurora first responders saved a man, his dog, and a bird from a burning home Thursday night.
It was just before 8:30 when the Aurora Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 108 Grant Street, the home of James and Caroline Love.
Aurora EMS was one of the first on scene. They helped resident James Love out of the burning home. Aurora firefighters would later save a dog and a bird from inside.
“Firefighters arriving found a fire hidden underneath a stairway burning into the walls and starting to move up to the main floor through what is commonly called balloon construction,” said Aurora Fire Department public information officer Kevin Turner, explaining that balloon construction is a type of building where a void space exists in the walls between floors that can allow fire to tracel from the lower floors to the attic.
Firefighters quickly attacked the fire, limiting its spread through the home.
Damage was estimated at $35,000: $20,000 for structural damage and another $15,000 in damaged contents such as furniture.
A cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Aurora Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Fire departments from Lawrenceburg, Greendale, and Dillsboro, as well as Aurora Utilities, assisted at the scene. Rising Sun Fire Department covered Aurora’s territory during the run.