Blaze claims Harrison County firefighter 1-30-06By BETTY J. POKAS, Times Leader Area Editor A TIPPECANOE firefighter died during a blaze at his home during the weekend, and his wife was able to jump to safety from a second-story window. Tippecanoe Fire Chief Robert Laporte this morning said a representative of the fire marshal’s office was scheduled to be on fire scene today. The cause of the blaze, which occurred Saturday night, had not been determined as of this morning. Ray Ash, who is described as being around 40 years of age, died in the fire. His wife, Bonnie, jumped from the second floor of the burning home, and she was caught by her brother-in-law, Paul Ash. “My wife heard his wife screaming; I was asleep and she got me up,” said the fire chief. “When I was going down the sidewalk, that’s when Paul was hollering at her (Bonnie Ash) (to jump), and she jumped out and he caught her.” Firefighters from the Tippecanoe, Freeport and Deersville departments battled the blaze. Laporte said the fire at the home, located on Norris Road, in Harrison County’s Washington Township, began Saturday around 11:30 p.m. He added that the blaze mainly was centered in the living room of the Ash home. Firefighters remained at the scene until Sunday about 7 a.m. when the Freeport and Deersville departments were released. Noting that he lives across the road from the Ash home, Laporte said the Tippecanoe fire department was on the scene all day in case the fire rekindled. There were no rekindles, according to the chief. Work at the firehouse, which is a block from the Ash home, concluded Sunday about 8:30 p.m.