KOKOMO – An early morning house fire at 604 W. Lincoln Road claimed one
Thomas A. Pulver, 31, died in the house fire, according to Howard
County Coroner Steven Seele. Seele said Wednesday afternoon the final
cause of death is pending, with preliminary tests indicating smoke
Pulver was the only inhabitant of the residence, Seele said, and
appeared to be alone at the time of his death. No foul play is
expected, he added.
The fire was called in at 3:34 a.m. and, according to a fire report,
Kokomo Fire Department personnel arrived to the fully consumed
structure at 3:38 a.m.
The report says the smoke was visible to responders from the Kokomo
Fire Department by the time they were driving past the Indiana
University Kokomo campus.
Upon arrival, they found the fire was heaviest in the center of the
house, and due to collapsing sections of the roof it was difficult for
firefighters to attack the heaviest of the blaze.
The report says personnel spoke with a bystander who broke windows in
the house to look for anybody trapped inside.
They were using pikes to pull down sections of the ceiling from the
outside to clear paths to fight the fire when a rescue crew found
Pulver on a bedroom floor inside.
When the most serious part of the fire was knocked down, rescue crews
verified that nobody else was inside the house.
Seele was notified and arrived on the scene. He said Pulver was
confirmed dead on the scene at 5:40 a.m. The last of the firefighters
cleared the scene at 6:39 a.m., turning it over to KFD investigators.
Deputy Chief Chris Hall said on the scene around 9 a.m. that the
investigation is underway, adding at the time that he was waiting for
daylight to go through the heavily damaged residence and piece together
KFD investigators did not return a phone call regarding updates on the
cause of the fire, and the report lists the cause as undetermined.
The house was a total loss, said the report, with estimated damage
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