Deadly Frankfort house fire started in infant's room, ruled accidental

There were no active smoke detectors in the home. However, one was found in a box.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 11:59 AM
Updated: Dec 3, 2019 3:26 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — The cause of a deadly Frankfort house fire has been ruled accidental, according to fire investigator Jeremy Ward. He also determined the fire started in the room where the infant who died was in. 

Chief John Kirby said the cause of the fire was a space heater located in the room. He said it is unclear how the heater caught fire.

Kirby said there were no active smoke detectors in the home. However, he said one was found in a box.

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. An 8-month-old boy was found dead inside.

Frankfort’s Faith Family Church is assisting the Mills family with temporary housing. Anyone who wishes to help the family can contact the church at (765) 659-3011.

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