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Milan man perishes in house fire - Cause is unknown according to Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security

Wanda English Burnett

A house fire gutted the residence at 2077 N. Delaware Road, Milan, last Wednesday, December 12 and also claimed the life of the owner, Robert (Bob) Brewington Jr., 58.

When firefighters from the Delaware Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 2077 N. Delaware Road last week they found the house fully engulfed in flames. “We couldn’t gain entry,” Delaware Vol. Fire Department Chief Ron Bushhorn told the Osgood Journal.

“I tried to get inside,” noted Bob Brewington, Sr., but, he said his grandson, Thomas, who is also a fireman with the Delaware Volunteer Fire Department, pulled him back. The fire was too hot and flames were leaping outside. “My son was in there, but there was nothing anyone could do,” Mr. Brewington Sr. told the Osgood Journal. He said his son had a stroke a few years back and wasn’t real well. “I’m really pleased with the fire department’s response, I know there wasn’t much they could do, but they worked hard.”

Chief Bushhorn noted they had to come back in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 13 to put out a hot spot that had flared up.
The big farmhouse was completely destroyed from the fire with nothing salvageable. But, there was one item that meant a lot to the family. Thomas Gray said his fellow firefighters found a charred document inside that was his uncle’s certificate from Purdue University. “We’re Purdue people,” smile Brewington, Sr. He held all he had left and quietly reflected.

Milan, Osgood, and Versailles fire departments also responded to the scene. Chief Bushhorn said they arrived on the scene about 5:00 p.m. and were there for five-and-a-half hours. He noted there were between 28-30 firemen getting the fire under control. “We knew there was possibly a person inside…it was a hard fire.”

Two rescue units responded with one Osgood fireman having a possible knee injury according to Chief Bushhorn.

Fire Marshal John Hartman was on the scene last week investigating both the Milan fire and the barn fire near Holton earlier in the week. His investigation went to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Ashley Steeb, Public Information Officer for IDHS told the Osgood Journal that the cause of both fires were undetermined due to the amount of damage to both properties.

A full obituary is inside today’s paper.

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