Former Starke County Resident Found Dead in House Fire in Elkhart County

Dewey Smith, Jr.'s mobile home was a complete loss. Photo courtesy of Goshen News

Dewey Smith, Jr., 40, a 1989 Knox High School graduate, was found dead inside a burning mobile home just south of New Paris, in Elkhart County on Friday, November 25th.  The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department was able to identify Smith’s body today.  An autopsy was scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is also trying to determine the cause of the fire.  The fire erupted Friday evening around 8:30 p.m. ET and dozens of firefighters battled the blaze.  The mobile home was a total loss.