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A fire located at Medina Body Shop, 310 North Higbee St. in Milford was reported at 7:22 a.m., as reported by The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU. (Jen Price/The Elkhart Truth)

Milford fire fighters place a portable pool on to the side of the tanker truck as they prepare to leave the scene of a fire that killed two people in Milford Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The early morning fire occurred at Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

A ladder truck stands over fire fighters from different departments that were called to the scene of an early morning fire that killed two people Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Milford. The fire began shortly after 7 a.m. at Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

The front of the Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford is heavily scorched as fire fighters stand by on scene Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The early morning fire left two people dead according to Kosciusko County coroner Michael Wilson. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

The Medina's Body Repair shop sign is heavily scorched following an early morning fire that killed two people in Milford Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

The front of the Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford is heavily scorched as fire fighters stand by on scene Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The early morning fire left two people dead according to Kosciusko County coroner Michael Wilson. (Jennifer Shephard)

A Milford fire fighter moves a hose as he works the scene of a fatal fire at the Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford Thursday, Feb. 14, 2014. Coroner Michael Wilson confirmed that the fire killed two people who were inside at the time of the fire. (Jennifer Shephard)

A Milford fire fighter reaches for a hose as he works from a ladder at the front of the Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The early morning fire left two people dead according to Kosciusko County coroner Michael Wilson. (Jennifer Shephard)

A Milford fire fighter sprays water from a hose as he works from a ladder at the front of the Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The early morning fire left two people dead according to Kosciusko County coroner Michael Wilson. (Jennifer Shephard)

A Milford fire fighter sprays water from a hose as he works from a ladder at the front of the Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The early morning fire left two people dead according to Kosciusko County coroner Michael Wilson. (Jennifer Shephard)

Red Cross workers were on scene at a fatal fire that killed two people at the Medina Body Shop at 310 Higbee Street in Milford Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)
Two killed in Milford business fire Thursday morning

Posted on Feb. 13, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

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.