An early morning fire in Francesville has claimed a life. The Francesville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a home at 203 Yellow Street just before 2 a.m. Thursday. The home was in flames when they arrived. One person was able to escape, but a second occupant could not get out of the house in time, according to the incident report.
A body was found inside the residence after the fire was extinguished. An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow to determine the victim’s cause of death, according to officials with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department authorized to discuss the investigation. A second person was able to get out of the house safely.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Francesville Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by Pulaski County EMS, the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, Francesville Town Marshal’s Office and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story posted on WKVI.com included information from Starke County Coroner Dannie Hoffer, who stated to WKVI News he was acting in a deputy coroner capacity in Pulaski County. Information about deaths traditionally comes from the coroner’s office. However, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has advised WKVI News Hoffer was not authorized to release information, especially since the next of kin had not been notified. WKVI News apologizes and regrets any confusion this may have caused. We will update this story as verified information becomes available.