Community reacts to fatal house fire in Logansport

Investigators have confirmed six people are dead after a house fire in Logansport. Now, the community has to face that reality.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 7:36 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 7:36 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — A few houses down from the severely burned home where six people died, a woman is grieving what happened to a good friend on her street. 

That woman didn't want to go on camera with WLFI but her daughter, Terri McKinney, said this tragedy has been difficult for the whole community. 

Between this fatal fire, Tuesday night's pedestrian death and a little boy who was accidentally shot and several other recent events, the people of Logansport carry heavy hearts.

However, Terri McKinney said you can't make things better by speculating what happened during tragedies like the fatal house fire on Pottawatomie Road.

"You can sit there right now and say yeah, I'd get my kids. That's the first thing I'd do," said McKinney. "They may have tried! You don't know what the fire was like inside. Panic sets in. You don't know what's going through their mind at the time."

McKinney said her mom was good friends with a woman who is one of the survivors in the home. We are told she is recovering at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

"It's definitely hard on her," said McKinney. 

We tried confirming information about the two people who were able to make it out of the fire alive but Logansport Memorial CEO Perry Gay said he could not give us names or conditions. 

"My heart, our hearts go out to the families," said Gay. "We just can't imagine these tragedies having happened once, and when they happen repeatedly, it just takes a toll on everybody."

If anything good can come out of this tragedy it's preparedness. McKinney is working on setting up a fire safety plan for her own children.

"I've wanted to get the ladders that you can throw out the window because our bedrooms are on the top floor," explained McKinney. 

She said just recently, efforts were made in this area to avoid something like this.

"The community was giving out free smoke detectors and installing it to people," said McKinney. "You just never know if they had one, if they were malfunctioning or if it was just too late to hear them."

Answers to those questions aren't going to change the result. That's why McKinney said the community needs to come together right now.

"Just a lot of prayers for the family and the loved ones that are surrounding them," said McKinney. "And prayers for the firefighters and all the people investigating."

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