1 dead, 5 hurt in Frankfort house fire

Six people were taken to the hospital after a house fire in Frankfort early Monday morning.

Posted: Feb 5, 2018 5:52 AM
Updated: Feb 6, 2018 7:30 AM

UPDATE: Fire Chief John Kirby said one of the victims in the fire has died. Firefighters performed CPR after removing the man from the burning home. He was then taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis and died at 3:30 Monday afternoon. He was 39 years old.

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Six people were taken to the hospital after a house fire in Frankfort early Monday morning. Four of the six were children. 

Frankfort firefighters responded to a fire at a two-story farmhouse at 2:20 a.m. at the corner of Rossville Avenue and Bunnell Road.

Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby said firefighters pulled a man and a 5-year-old boy out of the house. Both were airlifted to Indianapolis hospitals.

He said although they were able to get them out, just knowing people were trapped is one of the toughest parts of the job. 

"It's definitely nothing, as a firefighter, you ever want to run into," Kirby said.

Two other people were taken to IU Health Arnett in Lafayette, a fifth victim was taken to Riley Hospital for Children and a sixth victim is at IU Health in Frankfort.

Fire crews from Rossville, Mulberry and Frankfort all reported to the scene.

Frankfort fire investigators and representatives from the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating. The fire was under control by 4 a.m.

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