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June 14, 2012

Fire victims remain hospitalized

The cause of the fire is undetermined

Tribune staff writer

— The pair who suffered from burns and possible smoke inhalation in a house fire on June 7 in the 200 block of East Murden Street remain in an Indianapolis hospital — one of which remains unconscious and deteriorating quickly from a surprise diagnosis.

Telly West and Kelly Dailey, both residents of a rental property, were initially taken to St. Joseph Hospital then airlifted to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.

Andria Lowe, Kelly Dailey’s sister, said Kelly suffered minor burns in the fire, but took a turn for the worse after doctors discovered he was suffering from cancer. As of Wednesday, Dailey was in a coma.

West also suffered burns as a result of the fire, but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening. No information on her condition was available.

According to a Kokomo Fire Department report, West was outside the home when fire crews arrived. Firefighters rescued Dailey from the rear of the house.

The cause of the fire, which started in the living room area of the house, was ruled undetermined, but not suspicious, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office.

The blaze began at around 10:15 p.m.

When fire crews arrived, the whole front of the house was engulfed in flames, which spread to the second story. The firefighters extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes.


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