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Source: Kokomo Tribune

Two children dead, multiple hospitalized in Christmas Eve fire

By Cody Neuenschwander
A house fire that devastated a Kokomo home in the 900 block of North Morrison Street left two dead and sent three children, two adults and one firefighter to St. Vincent hospital early Christmas Eve.

Kokomo Fire Department Chief Nick Glover said Sunday morning the investigation is still in the preliminary stage, and no details are available yet as to how the fire started.

Howard County Coroner Steven Seele, who was on the scene Sunday morning, confirmed over the phone that the two deceased were children. Their names and ages have not yet been released.

The fire was called in during the early morning hours Sunday. When fire personnel arrived on the scene at 3:38 a.m., they were greeted by a two-story structure engulfed in fire with flames shooting through windows. Two adults and three juveniles managed to escape the house.

A press release from the Kokomo Police Department stated officers arrived on the scene along with firefighters, where they were told there were possibly people still trapped inside.

Two other children were found dead inside the house.

Glover, at just after 8 a.m., said a firefighter was injured when a portion of a porch collapsed on top of him. The firefighter has been cleared and released from the hospital.

Fire and emergency personnel were using vehicles to close off the block.

Seele and Glover both noted the scene was under investigation by the State Fire Marshalís office. Additionally, the KPD press release stated additional investigation was being done by KPD, KFD and the Howard County Coronerís Office.

Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to contact Det. Scott Purtee at 765-456-7322, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017.

Cody Neuenschwander can be reached at 765-454-8570 or by email at cody@kokomotribune.com

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