Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


June 3, 2013

One dead in Lincoln Street house fire

Greensburg — An early morning house fire resulted in the death of an unidentified Greensburg man Monday.

According to Greensburg Fire Chief Scott Chasteen, emergency responders were notified of a residential fire at 629 North Lincoln Street at approximately 12:25 a.m. Monday. Members of the Greensburg Fire Department arrived on scene and found what Chasteen called “heavy fire,” with approximately 40 to 50 percent of the home engulfed or affected.

Within 35 to 40 minutes, firefighters had the blaze extinguished and were able to enter the home. There they found the unidentified adult male victim. No additional details about the deceased were known early Monday.

Chasteen said the body had been released to the Decatur County Coroner’s office.

Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks told the Daily News an autopsy would be conducted Tuesday morning by the Marion County Coroner's office. Banks said a preliminary cause of death may be determined following the autopsy. The name of the victim will not be released until after the autopsy has been conducted, she said. Family members have been notified.

Fire officials could not speculate on the cause of the blaze, which is currently being investigated by the Greensburg Fire Department, Indiana State Fire Marshals and a crime scene investigator. The presence of a crime scene investigator is standard procedure in fires resulting in a fatality, Chasteen said.

A neighbor reported hearing "an explosion" at the scene, though this information had not been corroborated by fire officials Monday afternoon.

Also responding to the deadly fire were members of Decatur County EMS, the Greensburg Police Department and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department. The Letts Volunteer Fire Department stood by at the Greensburg Fire Station in case of an additional emergency.

The Daily News will have more on this story as it develops.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056


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