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NE Indiana fire kills 2 men, including rescuer

A man who re-entered a burning northeastern Indiana home to save his son-in-law died in the blaze along with the other man, a fire chief said Thursday.


Posted on March 6, 2014 at 9:16 p.m.

COESSE, Ind. (AP) — A man who re-entered a burning northeastern Indiana home to save his son-in-law died in the blaze along with the other man, a fire chief said Thursday.

Firefighters found one of their bodies in the kitchen of the home and the other in a back bedroom, Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke said.

“We all want to go in and try and save our family members,” Radke told WANE-TV. “Sometimes it’s a hard judgment call for a person to make, but if you’re out, it’s better to stay out.”

The Whitley County Coroner’s Office was working to positively identify the two men.

Two children in the home woke some of the adults in the house and they escaped with their grandparents, but the grandfather returned to the burning home to try to save his son-in-law, Radke said. The grandmother and the two children did not suffer serious injuries.

Firefighters who arrived at the home just before midnight Wednesday found the structure fully engulfed in flames. Eventually, the home about 15 miles west of Fort Wayne was reduced to rubble.

The grandmother of the children told investigators that as she fled the home, she believed the fire was concentrated around a wood-burning stove, Radke said. However, the cause and the origin of the blaze remained under investigation.

The State Fire Marshal’s office was investigating.


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