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House fire kills two

August 11, 2011

Elm St. house where two died. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    Two people, possibly in their 60s, died in a house fire early this morning at 720 Elm St. in Decatur.
    Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel reported at the scene that the bodies were so badly burned that it will take an autopsy, which was under way today at the morgue in Adams Memorial Hospital, to determine the sex of the victims.
    No children lived in the home,. Two dogs also died in the blaze.
    The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but members of the fire department and a representative of the Indiana Fire Marshall's office are investigating the scene.
    Marckel said the fire alarm came in at 1:53 a.m., with the Decatur department asking for assistance from the Preble Fire Department, which sent men and its breathing tank refill truck. About 30 firefighters were at the scene.
    The fire did little damage to the exterior of the house, but there is a lot of damage inside. Marckel estimated the fire was under control in about 20 minutes.
    The fire chief said the fire started in the living room, where one of the victims was found. The other victim was discovered in a hallway.
    These are the first fire deaths in Decatur since 2008 and 2009. In 2008, a man died in a blaze at the Village Green Apartments and a second fire in late 2008, after an explosion in a garage, burned a man so badly that he died in St. Joseph Hospital at Fort Wayne in early 2009.
    Ironically, the garage explosion happened just a half-block east of where today's tragedy occurred.

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