House fire in Attica that killed dad, 2 girls was electrical, fire investigators say

3-year-old, 18-month-old killed

ATTICA, Ind. - A house fire that killed a western Indiana man and his two young daughters was sparked by an electrical problem, investigators said.

Attica Fire Chief Ed O'Farrell said Thursday the fire began in the home's kitchen/dining area and was electrical in nature and accidental.

The Feb. 26 fire about 70 miles northwest of Indianapolis killed Lance Ward and his two daughters, 3-year-old Sage and 18-month-old Ryleigh. Ward's wife was not home at the time of the fire.

The Journal & Courier reports smoke and flames were so intense firefighters were initially unable to enter the home.

A Give Forward drive has raised more than $4,000 for the family, and a Ward family memorial fund has been established at Fowler State Bank, 510 Indiana 28 East in Williamsport.

A chili benefit and silent auction set from noon to 8 p.m. March 16 is in the works. The event will be held at West Mill Social, 115 W. Mill St. in Attica.

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