Grayville Home destroyed in large fire

Electirc cable falls during Goolsby house fire down on 214 South 3rd Street as Fireman work to contain the blaze. Photo by Kayla Young.



A Grayville woman escaped uninjured Tuesday morning after her 214 South Third Street home was destroyed by fire. Luba Goolsby escaped the burning home without injury. The fate of two dogs and two cats inside the home was not immediately known. Luba’s husband was out of town when the fire broke out.

Little Wabash Fire District Chief Travis Thompson said the alarm came in at 10:49 am. Arriving firefighters reported the single-story home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. The flames were so intense that a camper-trailer next door at the Steve Hartsock residence was destroyed. A small propane tank, believed to have been with Hartsock’s trailer exploded from the intense heat. Chief Thompson added that the fire caused some damage to the siding of Hartsock’s 210 South Third Street home.  

Moments after responding to the blaze, Little Wabash firemen called for mutual aid from both the Crossville and Albion fire departments. Chief Thompson said an obvious cause of the fire had not been determined, adding that he has requested an officer with the State Fire Marshal’s office to join the investigation. 

No injuries were reported, and the cause remains under investigation.