Deadly House Fire Leaves at Least 6 Dead in Indiana
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — November 29, 2018
A fire that devastated a rural house in Indiana early Wednesday morning left at least six people dead, including four children, said local police. Local authorities have started an investigation into the cause of the fire. Police said they could not rule out any possibility, accidental or criminal.
According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum, the victims of the fire outside Logansport included a 25-year-old woman and her three children, two daughters aged 3 and 1, and a 3-month-old son. The other victims were a 42-year-old man and his 10-year-old daughter.
Slocum says the man's wife and his adult son survived the fire and were taken to a local hospital. He says the relationship between the two families isn't clear.
Neighbors reported the fire at the rural home about 70 miles north of Indianapolis at about 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. Two Cass County sheriff's deputies arrived there minutes later and attempted to enter the home but were turned away by flames and heat, Sheriff Randy Pryor said.
“Much of the house was in flames when firefighters arrived, which prevented any rescue attempt,” New Waverly Fire Department Lt. Steve Crispen said. The roof collapsed after the fire gutted most of the interior of the two-story, wood-frame house.
Firefighting efforts were hindered by a lack of fire hydrants near the house. Fire crews ran out of water and had to wait for about five minutes for more tankers to arrive, Crispen said.
Three state fire investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze.