POLICE: Parke County man set fire to his garage and home before killing himself

A Parke County house fire claimed the life of a 51-year-old man.

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 1:09 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2019 9:41 AM

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - We have more information after a fatal Thursday morning fire in Parke County.

It happened around 5:00 a.m. at 10179 Sherfick Lane, just west of Rosedale.

Joseph Collester was found dead inside of his home.

According to police, Collester set fire to his garage, and then set fire to his home.

After he started the fires, he reportedly committed suicide, using a firearm.

Family members told News 10 what happened before our crews arrived on the scene.

Several of Joseph's family members live in the area.

One of those family members told News 10 she woke up to a loud sound...and to her surprise, two different fires.

She told us she grabbed her six-year-old son and ran outside of the home to avoid danger.

Parke County Sheriff Justin Cole shared some of the details about the fire with our crew.

"At about 5:00 a.m. we received calls at our dispatch center of a resident's garage on fire. When fire units arrived and officers arrived, they eventually discovered that there was one body inside the trailer...or residence," Cole said.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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