Firefighters find body after extinguishing basement fire

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A body was found in a home on the city’s northeast side that caught fire Monday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 6900 block of Penrose Drive on report of a house fire than began in the basement on Monday, December 5.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 6900 block of Penrose Drive on report of a house fire than began in the basement on Monday, December 5.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department was called to a home 6902 Penrose Drive at approximately 2:45 p.m. on report of the fire in the basement. According to a fire department report, crews arrived to find heavy smoke rising from the windows, doors and eaves of the home, a large holes in the floor.

Firefighters searched for victims throughout the home through windows but found no one, the report said. The fire, which was concentrated in the crawl space of the home and ultimately collapsed the floor, was contained in just under an hour.

After the fire was extinguished, crews went back inside and found a victim “amidst debris” in the crawl space, the report said. The victim was pronounced dead.

It’s not clear how the victim died. The report said investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire and the fatality. The Allen County Coroner’s Office will identify the person later.

Several firefighters worked in and around the single-story house. The front windows of the home were broken out. A white SUV was parked in the driveway, along with a small trailer.

The home was left with moderate fire and water damage and heavy smoke damage, the report said. The incident remains under investigation.