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One person dead in 'suspicious' Fowler house fire

Crews were called to the home near Polk Avenue and 5th Street about 7:50 a.m. Friday.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 9:04 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 4:32 PM

FOWLER, Ind. (WLFI) — One man has died in a morning house fire in Fowler, according to investigators. The Fowler Police Department was originally called to the scene to investigate, however the department has asked Indiana State Police to take over the investigation. 

Crews were called to the home near Polk Avenue and 5th Street about 7:50 a.m. Friday after a volunteer firefighter driving by saw it on fire. Fire Chief Bill Burton said the firefighter tried to get into the home, but couldn't because of the flames. 

ISP Sgt. Kim Riley said it was all hands on deck Friday afternoon as they continued the investigation into what happened.

"We do have the State Fire Marshal here, detectives and crime scene technicians who are going through the crime scene," he said. "We are just going to piece together what we've got and see where we're going from there."

They also had a search dog sniffing around the inside and outside of the home. Chief Burton said it is suspicious, but couldn't elaborate on why it was suspicious. Sgt. Riley was not able to comment on this, but said they are still trying to get to the bottom of how the man died.

"At this point in time, we're trying to figure out if it was a homicide or if he died from natural causes due to the fire," he said.

Officials are working to identify the man killed. The man was the only person inside the home at the time of the fire. 

The Benton County Coroner, Matt Rosenbarger, said the autopsy is scheduled to happen Saturday morning at 8:30. He said it will happen at the Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office, but he will still be performing the examination. We'll bring you any updates on News 18 Weekend Report.

This is the second deadly house fire in the News 18 viewing area this week. On Monday, an infant was killed in a fire in Frankfort.

This story will be updated.

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