FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — An 8-month-old boy is dead in an early morning house fire in Frankfort, according to Fire Chief John Kirby.
Firefighters were called to the home about 10:10 a.m. Monday morning in the 1300 block of West Jefferson Street. Kirby said a father and three other kids were able to get out of the home.
"It hits close to home,” said Kirby. “A lot of firefighters, police officers, we got kids of our own and it's just something that's heartbreaking."
Kirby said it started at the front of the house and a large percentage of the home is destroyed.
"It was fully involved," said Kirby. It was up in the attic. Sometimes it gets in the walls and things of that nature. It takes a little bit of time,” said Kirby.
Mayor Chris McBarnes also responded to the damage.
"It doesn't get any worse than this,” said McBarnes. Having a child pass this close to the holidays.”
Mcbarnes asked residents to come together during this difficult time.
"The only way you get through this is as a community,” said McBarnes. “So I am calling on the community, all citizens, all residents, the State of Indiana to lift our up in prayers lift this family up in prayers. Full support goes to them."
This is the second deadly house fire the department has had in the past two years. This is the first fire the department has handled that involved an infant.
Frankfort’s Faith Family Church is assisting the family with temporary housing. Anyone who wishes to help the family can contact the church at (765) 659-3011.
From the Clinton County Sheriff's Office Facebook page:
FAMILY IN NEED
The Mills family has been struck by tragedy today and they are in need from our community.
The family has lost a child, Deacon (7 months), and their home in a fire.
They have four children who need clothing of all kinds, as well as the adults.
Dad size L,32x32 10.5 shoes
Mom M,11,6.5 shoes
Girl age 9 size 10-12or14-16,3 shoe
Boy age 6 size 7-8, size 1 shoe
Boy age 3 size 4T or 4, size 11 shoe
Boy age 1.5 size 24 months to 2T
They will also need food as well for the entire family.
All clothing and food donations will be accepted at Faith Family Church located at 508 W Green Street starting at 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM today. Come to the youth building at the far end of the rear parking lot. All clothing and food will be accepted there at that building.
**In addition you may drop of clothing and food at Gem City Junction Coffee Shop on the square during business hours**
All monetary donations can be dropped off at the church office until 4:00 PM today. Then 830-4 Tuesday thru Thursday.
**If something needs picked up or need information call the Faith Family Church office 765-659-3011**