Firefighters find two bodies inside burning home

Firefighters at 1211 Huestis Avenue for a house fire on Feb. 2, 2018.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne firefighters found two bodies inside a home that caught fire Friday morning.

Fire crews were dispatched to 1211 Huestis Avenue at 5:18 a.m. after a neighbor called 911. The neighbor told NewsChannel 15 she heard three loud bangs before looking out the window and seeing the fire.

Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke and flames coming from a two-story home.  They tried to enter the home but were driven back by the flames.  A short time later part of the roof collapsed and crews were able to get inside where they found the two bodies.

The fire spread to homes on either side of the one that caught fire. People were evacuated from both of those houses.

The fire was elevated to a second alarm to bring in additional firefighters to help battle the flames and frigid temperatures. More than 9 firetrucks and 30 firefighters were on scene at one time.

Broadway was closed in the area as a result of the fire. It was re-opened later Friday morning.

The cause of the fire and deaths were investigated by fire and police Friday.

FWFD Deputy Chief Adam O’Connor told NewsChannel 15 it was too early in the investigation to determine if the people inside died in the fire or before the incident.