MILFORD, Ind. (WANE) –Officials have confirmed two people are dead after a fire at an auto body repair shop in northern Kosciusko County. That fire happened in the town of Milford which is about an hour northwest of Fort Wayne.
Crews responded to the fire at Medina’s Body Repair around 7:20 a.m. on Thursday. SR 15 was closed near E. Syracuse Street while crews from Syracuse/Turkey Creek Township, Leesburg/Plain Township, Nappanee, and New Paris fire departments battled the fire.
Fire officials said they were able to get the fire under control in about two hours. They say it was a difficult fire to fight because firefighters could not go inside the building. There were a lot of cars, gas, oil, and paint inside the shop. All items that were dangerous to emergency crews.
Fire officials said nobody was working in the auto shop at the time of the fire.
The coroner has confirmed two people died in the fire that broke out this morning just after seven. Officials haven’t identified them, but we do know a man lived in the upstairs apartment. The Kosciusko County Coroner’s office said the process of identifying the deceased could take several weeks. Autopsies are scheduled for Friday in Fort Wayne.
The building and everything in it are a total, according to officials with the Milford Fire Department . Officials said the cause of the fire is not yet known. The Milford Fire Department the Milford Police Department, Kosciusko County Squad 70 (county-wide fire investigation team), and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.