A Jasper couple set to be married soon were displaced from their home while losing a pet, a number of wedding supplies as well as seeing their home heavily damaged if not lost as the result of a fire that broke out at the residence this morning. Just after 8:30 am today crews with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to the home of Dylan Anderson and Kendall Neukam at the corner of Giesler Road and Church Avenue in the Holy Family area on Jasper’s southeast side.
Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang says a passerby noticed smoke and flames coming from the backside of the home. He says the fire broke out on the first floor in the kitchen and worked it’s way to the home’s second floor. What started the blaze is unknown at this time but says the State Fire Marshall’s Office has been called in to investigate and determine a cause. He added that Anderson and Neukam had three pets in the house of which two cats were able to be removed, however, unfortunately a dalmatian puppy could not be saved.
Damage to the home was estimated at about 75-thousand dollars and may be a total loss. The Red Cross has been called in to assist the victims. Hochgesang says Anderson and Neukam were set to be married next month but lost all their wedding supplies in the blaze.
31 men and four trucks were on the scene for about an hour and a half.
Jasper Volunteer firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Jasper Police Department, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.