MILFORD – Two people died after a fire broke out at a Milford business Thursday morning, according to the Kosciusko County coroner Michael Wilson.
Crews were called to Medina Body Shop at 310 N. Higbee St. at about 7:22 a.m., as reported by The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU. Five area fire departments responded and the blaze was under control before 11:15 a.m., according to the Kosciusko County 911 Call Center.
A family member told crews that the victims were inside of the building, but the intensity of the blaze prevented firefighters from going inside as quickly as they wanted to. Chief Todd Haines of the Milford Fire Department said the victims were already dead by the time firefighters were able to enter the building.
The bodies of the two people killed have been taken to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center in Fort Wayne. Wilson said autopsies will be performed Friday, after which information about the victims' identities, ages and genders will be released.
After arriving first on scene, Milford fire crews immediately called for assistance, according to a release from Wilson's office.
Syracuse/Turkey Creek Township, Leesburg/Plain Township, Nappanee and New Paris all assisted in helping to get the fire under control. The American Red Cross also assisted on the scene.
According to the release, the building and its contents were a total loss.
An investigation into the fire is underway through the Milford Police Department, Kosciusko County Squad 70 fire investigation team and Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office.