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Neighbors respond to Fowler house fire

Neighbors in Fowler say they are worried about their safety after a fatal fire.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 4:13 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2019 7:12 AM

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—New details on an investigation into a Fowler house fire have neighbors not only concerned but shaken.

“Somebody's life,” said Neighbor Marilynn Fowler. “You cannot give it back. You took something you can't give back and for what something material."

People living on Polk Avenue in Fowler are trying to make sense of how their neighbor, 60-year-old Daniel Riegle, died.

Fowler said after living in Fowler for ten years she would have never imagined something this devastating happening.

“Would not even have imagined anything like this would happen,” said Fowler. “Let alone across the street let alone here in Fowler."

Fowler said she is not comfortable with the way things around her are changing in a way that scares her.

"It makes you rethink your whole lifestyle here,” said Fowler. “We left our doors open, we didn't lock our cars, we didn't care about those things because nobody did, we were all family."

Bryan Moore lives next door and is a friend to the victim.

"I was more surprised when I came out and saw it,” said Moore.

Moore goes on to say he honestly could not believe the damage and says it was harder to learn that he had lost a friend.

"It still tears me up,” said Moore. “Definitely not something you see every day."

"Everybody is kind of like a family,” said Fowler. “Like I said if you see something, we say something and we're going to hope that we can move on and get past this."

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