June 7, 2012
House fire leaves two injured
Victims are being treated for smoke inhalation.
By Rob Burgess
Tribune night editor
Kokomo — A fully-involved house fire Thursday night sent two
residents suffering from smoke inhalation to the hospital.
The blaze began at around 10:15 p.m. in the 200 block of East Murden
Street. As first-responders swarmed the scene, the road was littered
with groups of onlookers clutching each other, bathed in flashing
Kokomo Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave King said that one of
the wounded was already outside once they arrived.
"The other we rescued from the rear of the house," he said.
One of the first on scene was Keith Barnett, a neighbor who had been
sitting in his garden when he saw the flames.
"I ran over," he said, as tears streaked down his face. "I couldn’t
get through. The flames overwhelmed me … That’s my buddy, man. I
know them real well."
King said both residents of the rental home were transported to St.
"The latest report is that they’re both doing well," he said. "They
did both receive a pretty high dose of carbon dioxide, but they did
not appear to have been burned."
King said he had no initial indication what may have caused the
fire. The present condition of the patients was not available as of
In addition to St. Joseph Hospital paramedics and KFD personnel, the
Kokomo Police Department was also amongst the responding agencies.
• Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be
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