First responders react to Logansport house fire

Investigators and first responders were on the scene of a deadly house fire for nearly 24 hours. Although it's their job, events like this never get easier.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 11:21 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 11:27 PM

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Investigators and first responders were on the scene of a deadly house fire for nearly 24 hours. Although it's their job, events like this never get easier.

We sometimes think men and women in uniform can handle anything. However Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said tragedies like the house fire in Logansport, can really take a toll on people on the front lines.

"You want to be a firefighter or police officer, you dream about putting out fires and chasing bad guys, you don't dream about combing through a home recovering bodies," Slocum said. 

He added how the Cass County community has endured a lot over the past few months. The house fire being almost too much to handle after six bodies were recovered from a home, four of which were children.

Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor agreed saying there is no training to prepare someone to handle these tough situations. 

"Something that even law enforcement, and firefighters and medical responders never get use to," said Pryor. 

"The outcome today is not what we hope for in public safety," said Indiana State Fire Marshall Jim Greeson. 

Greeson said in many ways, their work is just beginning. Now that all of the bodies have been found, the investigation shifts to how the fire started.

"Now we turn to that focus fully, I will tell you that is going to be very difficult," said Greeson. 

Greeson said the condition of the house mixed with the way it was taken apart to recover bodies, will make finding the cause tough.
But that won't stop them from trying.

"We'll be looking at all possible indications of what may have happened in this home but we are working with limited information at this point," said Greeson. 

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