Grandfather, son-in-law in fatal fire ID’d

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COESSE, Ind, (WANE) – The Whitley County Coroner has identified the two men who died in a house fire in Coesse last week.

Robert McKinzie, Sr., 58, and Fredrick Niemann, 54, died on Wednesday, March 5 in the fire at 2480 Barr Street.

The coroner said DNA was used to make a positive identification on the two men.

Fire officials said five people were inside the home when it caught fire. Two children and two adults made it out safely, but the father of the children, Niemann, did not. The grandfather of the children, McKinzie, went back inside the burning home to get his son-in-law, but neither were able to make it out. Their bodies were discovered several hours after the fire started. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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