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Source: Kokomo Tribune

Man 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 in flames.

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, Glover said.

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 contained.

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 fire started.

Price said he expected to announce a cause of death for the victim later today.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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