|The Muncie Star Press, Muncie, Indiana|
February 9, 1939, page 9
BLAZE DESTROYS FARM RESIDENCE
Jay County Family Away As Fire Starts
Portland, Ind., Feb. 8 - Fire destroyed the farm home of Ord Lemaster, northeast of Bellfountain, last evening while the Lemaster's were visiting at the home of neighbors. This is the second fire to destroy their home in the last three years. Mr. and Mrs. Lemaster and their two children had gone to the Metzner home last evening and shortly after 8 o'clock were notified that their house was burning by William Hartzell, a neighbor, who first discovered the fire, which seemed to start from the inside. Before aid could be summoned the home burned to the ground. Nothing was saved by the family except the clothing which they wore at that time. They lost all their belongings in the first fire. They are making their home at the present with Mrs. Lemaster's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Haley.
Will have to check at the Portland library to see if local papers give any more details. The Metzner family mentioned were relatives as well. My uncle had mentioned this fire to me, I will have to talk to him again about this and my aunt as well to see what they remember.