LOGANSPORT, Ind. -- Family, friends and community members are grieving the six people, including four children, who lost their lives in a house fire early Wednesday morning in Logansport.
Two people were able to escape the home in the 4300 block of Pottawatomie Road before the fire took over. Both were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies who first responded to the scene say they climbed onto the roof and broke the windows to get inside, but the flames were just too intense.
Police have identified the people killed in the house fire as 3-month-old Marshall Hite, 1-year-old Rylie Hite, 3-year-old Swayze Hite, and their 25-year-old mother, Brandi Vail.
Joe Huddleston and his 10-year-old daughter, Kadee, also died in the fire.
“I grieve for those parents. The children are a huge loss for our community and the students that I’ve seen today in school, I obviously grieve for them,” said Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell.
Kitchell calls Wednesday’s tragedy another huge loss for their community, which has already suffered so much loss in the past year.
“A dozen people now, children, that we’ve lost this year in our area,” said Kitchell. “It has drawn our area together and you can tell, you can sense the mood of the community is reflective over this kind of a loss because it’s truly senseless.”
It's still unknown if the home had a working smoke detector, but the state fire marshal says Indiana received $500,000 to buy and distribute 10,000 smoke detectors in 2019 and 2020.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it has been ruled accidental.
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