Crews stop fire from reaching house

Newton firefighters stopped a large fire Wednesday afternoon, just before it reached a residential home along Prison Camp Road.

Crews responded to a working fire in an outbuilding behind a home along the 1400 block of Prison Camp Road about 1:42 p.m. A shed was completely engulfed, and heavy smoke filled the air.

A Newton Fire Department engine, which was performing regular fire hydrant checks nearby on U.S. 321, responded to the fire within three minutes and was able to control the fire within 12 minutes.

Though the outbuilding was destroyed, the home was only slightly affected.

“Fortunately they were close by and able to get here a little bit quicker than we would have been able to respond to from the station,” said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

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