Three family members die in early morning fire

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with funeral arrangements and other recovery costs.

Posted: Oct 24, 2017 4:02 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2017 4:02 PM

UPDATE: SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Autopsies have been scheduled for the three victims of Saturday morning's fire in Sullivan County.

News 10 reached out to Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Roland Kohr. He tells us autopsies are scheduled for Monday for the adult and two young children that died in the house fire.

He says being able to positively ID the victims will depend on how badly the bodies are burned. Kohr says if dental identification if possible/readily available, the names of the victims could be released as early as Monday.

If not, the Forensic Pathologist says DNA testing will have to be performed, and that could take several weeks.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with funeral arrangements and other recovery costs. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Three family members are dead after a fire in Sullivan County Saturday morning.

That's according to Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom.

Cottom says the call came into Sullivan County 911 dispatch at 3:20 a.m.

The Sheriff says the neighbors called officials because they smelled smoke in the 2800 block of East State Road 48 near Shelburn.

Cottom says that Sullivan County Sheriff Deputy Jeffrey Kinnett was first to arrive on-scene. 

He says Kinnett was told that an adult and two small children could possibly be inside the home. 

Cottom says the deputy tried to get into the house, but couldn't because of extreme smoke and heat. 

The Sheriff says the names of the three people who died will not be released until their autopsies are complete.

He adds that the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but no foul play is suspected.

Cottom says State Road 48 is limited to slowed traffic between Shelburn and Hymera, and motorists should avoid the area for the next few hours. 

The Sheriff says Thunderbird, Hymera and Shelburn firefighters fought the fire. He says Sullivan County Sheriffs officials, SCAT Ambulance, City of Sullivan Police and Fire Departments, and the Indiana State Fire Marshal was on scene.

 

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