Updates on Nov. 28 house fire in Cass County

Logansport – Yesterday a house fire at 4317 Pottawatomie Point Road, Logansport, IN, has resulted in the deaths of six people ranging in age from three months to 42 years.

Yesterday at approximately 1:49 a.m., a 911 call to the Cass County Dispatch Center reported a burning home at 4317 Pottawatomie Point Road, rural Logansport, IN. The caller reported that there were possibly multiple people trapped inside. Two Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies were the first to arrive at the home and found the two story house engulfed in flames. Despite the police officers attempts to reach those inside, they were prohibited from doing so by the intense smoke and fire. Officers did encounter an adult male and an adult female who had allegedly escaped the fire. The pair was transported, by ambulance, to Logansport Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One of the deputies suffered from smoke inhalation, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Multiple fire departments arrived on scene to battle the fire, cold temperatures, and lack of on scene access to water. Firefighters had to truck in water from a Logansport hydrant when their tanker trucks ran dry. After the fire was extinguished, fire personnel began the pain staking task of combing through the burnt-out home looking for the bodies of the deceased.

During their search, firefighters recovered six bodies, two adults and four children. The adults were Joseph Huddleston 42, and Brandi Vail, 25. The children found were three girls: Kadee Huddleston 10, Swayzee Hite, 3, and Rhylie Hite,1, and a boy, Marshall Hite, age 3 months. The youngest kids are the children of Brandi Vail. Kadee Huddleston is the daughter of Joseph Huddleston.

Update as of Nov. 29, 2018:

Investigators have completed an inspection of the entire burned out home and debris. There is no evidence indicating the fire was intentionally set. Major appliances, such as the stove and water heater have been ruled out as sources of ignition. There is some evidence indicating the fire could have been caused by an electrical issue, but due to the destruction caused by the fire, the cause remains as undetermined.

There were no working smoke detectors inside the home.

There were numerous agencies assisting the Cass County Sheriff’s Department at the scene to include the Logansport Fire Department, the New Waverly Fire Department, the Clymer’s Fire Department, the Walton Fire Department, the Indiana State Police, the Logansport Police Department, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office, Cass County EMA, Cass County EMS, the Cass County Coroner’s Office, and the local chapter of the Salvation Army.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana State Police

ORIGINAL POSTS UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON NOV. 28, 2018:

A house fire overnight on Pottawatomie Road has reportedly claimed the lives of six people, including four children. The call came in around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Early reports were that two adults made it out of the house and were hospitalized. Because of the home’s rural location, water had to be trucked in to battle the flames. First responders also faced frigid temperatures.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said in a tweet Wednesday morning that State Fire Marshal investigators are assisting the investigation into the Logansport house fire, and that more information would be provided as it becomes available.