An early morning house fire in Indiana that claimed the lives of as many as six people is being investigated as a possible criminal case, according to authorities.
First responders arrived at the residence in Longansport just before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Officers with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department were first on the scene and managed to pull two adults from the blaze, Fox 59 reported.
The victims, a mother and her adult son, are recovering at a local hospital, where they are reportedly in stable condition.
Fire crews tried to battle back the flames enough to enter the home and rescue the six people trapped inside, but they were unsuccessful. Their efforts were also mired by the home’s remote location, far from fire hydrants.
Water was transported to the scene by way of tanker trucks, but the first round of vehicles were emptied within minutes — forcing firefighters to wait for more.
Authorities believe two adults and four children died in the early morning fire. The ages of the young victims range from 2 months old to 10 years old.
“It’s pretty numbing when initial dispatch is telling us people are entrapped in the structure and they’re saying multiple people,” Cass County Fire Lt. Steve Crispen said.
Firefighters from Logansport and other nearby agencies spent more than five hours containing and putting out the massive house blaze.
Crispen confirmed multiple fatalities in the fire but declined to say how many victims there are total. The Cass County Sheriff said the home is too dangerous for firefighters to enter, so remains have not yet been recovered.
Several members of the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office are on the scene to investigate the origin and cause of the fatal fire. They also had cadaver dogs with them to assist in the recovery efforts.