children dead, multiple hospitalized in Christmas Eve fire
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.
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.
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.
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.
children were found dead inside the house.
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.
emergency personnel were using vehicles to close off the block.
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
additional information concerning this case is asked to contact Det.
Scott Purtee at 765-456-7322, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline
Neuenschwander can be reached at 765-454-8570 or by email at