dies after Monday house fire
From Staff Reports
A man rescued from a house fire Monday afternoon has
died from injuries sustained during the blaze, Kokomo firefighters
confirmed Tuesday morning.
Firefighters and police responded to the fire at 408 S. Union St. at
around 4:10 p.m. Monday, where an upstairs apartment was found engulfed
Within two minutes of the call, four firefighters were able to pull
Josh Paul, 28, out of the burning apartment. Paul was found
unconscious, with fire-related injuries.
Deputy Chief Nick Glover said Paul was transported to St. Joseph
Hospital, where he later died. Howard County Coroner Jay Price
confirmed the victim's identity Tuesday morning.
A Kokomo firefighter also sustained a minor injury during the blaze,
Firefighters also rescued two dogs from the residence. One dog nearly
died in the fire, but first responders were able to revive the canine,
which police said seemed to be doing well shortly after the fire was
Glover said the house where the apartment fire was located
contained four occupied apartments, and all currently are displaced
from the residence due to fire damage.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, Glover said.
Four firefighters helped carry the victim down the steep stairs from an
upstairs bedroom where he was found. One of the firefighters, Todd
Bellaw, sustained a minor injury in the rescue effort, and was treated
and released from a local hospital.
A charred mattress, with all of the padding either burnt or stripped
away, was lying outside the South Union Street residence Tuesday
morning. Firefighters said Paul appeared to have been sleeping when the
Price said he expected to announce a cause of death for the victim
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