Jeffersonville home catches fire after car crashes into gas line


Posted on February 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 9:05 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A couple from Jeffersonville no longer has a home after a car crashed into it causing the house to catch on fire.

Edward Heston has lived in his Jeffersonville home for 15 years. But in a matter of two hours it was completely burned to the ground.

Heston and his girlfriend were watching television around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday until a driver crashed into his house hitting his gas main at 9th and Watt Streets.

“[It was] a big crash and then a hissing sound like an oil well blew up,” Heston said. “The fire shot as high as the telephone pole.”

It took the entire Jeffersonville Fire Department several hours to completely contain the fire.

“The high pressure line just fed the natural gas [to the fire] until we were able to get in there and shut the valve off,” Deputy Chief Josh Thompson with the Jeffersonville Fire Department said.

Heston and his girlfriend escaped with their two dogs. One of the dogs was slightly injured, but still alive.

The driver who caused the fire fled the scene but left the car behind.

A large pile of charred remains sets at the corner of 9th and Watt.

“The gas is what burned [the house] up,” Heston said. "If they had just hit the house it would have been okay.”

Police say they are still looking for the driver of the blue Volkswagen Jetta that crashed into the home.