Northern Indiana town mourning firefighter’s death

Photo courtesy New Carlisle Fire Dept.
Photo courtesy New Carlisle Fire Dept.

NEW CARLISLE, Ind. (AP) — The leader of a northern Indiana town’s volunteer fire department says it is going through a lot of grief and disbelief after its assistant chief was killed at a business fire this week.

Many people have left flowers and mementoes outside the New Carlisle fire station since 41-year-old Jamie Middlebrook died Tuesday night when a roof collapsed on him.

New Carlisle Fire Chief Joshua Schweizer says Middlebrook was the backbone of the department in the town about 10 miles west of South Bend.

Services for Middlebrook will be held at Bethel College in Mishawaka, beginning with visitation on Sunday and his funeral on Monday.

A cause for the fire at K-Fex Inc. hasn’t yet been determined. 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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