The Latest: No working smoke detectors in Indiana fire

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly house fire in rural northern Indiana (all times local):

2:32 p.m.

Police say there were no working smoke detectors in a rural northern Indiana home where six members of an extended family died in a fire.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum also said Thursday there’s no evidence the fire outside Logansport was intentionally set.

Slocum says investigators have completed an inspection of the entire burned-out home and debris. He says major appliances such as the stove and water heater have been ruled out as sources of the fire early Wednesday. Slocum says there’s “some evidence indicating the fire could have been caused by an electrical issue, but due to the destruction,” the cause remains undetermined.

State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said Wednesday that the investigation into the cause could take weeks because of the destruction.


11:07 a.m.

Authorities say an initial investigation has found no evidence that arson caused a northern Indiana house fire that killed four children and two adults.

State police on Thursday identified those killed in Wednesday’s fire near Logansport as members of an extended family. Two other family members survived the blaze.

Those killed were 42-year-old Joseph Huddleston, his 10-year-old daughter, Kadee Huddleston, his 25-year-old stepdaughter, Brandi Vail, and her three children, 3-year-old Swayzee Hite, 1-year-old Rhylie Hite and 3-month-old Marshall Hite.

Joseph Huddleston’s wife and 19-year-old son survived. They were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the investigation into the fire’s cause is ongoing.

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