4 families displaced by major Berne fire

    Berne firefighters were dispatched to a fully-involved fire at Oakwood Terrace Apartments at 1:50 p.m. yesterday and remained on the scene nearly four hours, with one firefighter suffering minor injuries.
    Berne Fire Chief John Crider reported this morning that a firefighter was taken to a local hospital for examination and x-rays due to a hand injury. The injury was not said to be serious, and the firefighter was treated and released.
    Crider said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and the investigation is ongoing. He did report that the fire spread through the attic area very quickly due to the high winds.
    Firefighters were called to the scene again this morning at approximately 4 a.m. to douse a small flare-up. Crider said crews were on-scene until 5 a.m.
    The complex on Interlaken Drive at the east edge of Berne has 10 buildings in all and 35 units, covering 6.44 acres.
    According to Crider, there were no injuries to the families living in the apartment building, and the building, as well as the contents of the apartments inside, are a total loss.
    He also noted that the Adams County Red Cross and Compassionate Ministries Network are providing aid to the families, and anyone wishing to make a donation should contact one of these organizations.
    To make a donation call 1-800-448-3543 to speak to the Red Cross, or (260) 589-8500 to speak Compassionate Ministries.