News release from the Fort Wayne Fire Department:
Structure fire with fatality, 4610 Euclid Avenue
(July 18, 2015) – Fort Wayne Firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 4610 Euclid Avenue on July 18, 2015 at 3:58 a.m. Battalion Chief 11 arrived on scene at 4:02 a.m. with Engine 12 and found the majority of a cape cod type home engulfed in flames. The entire rear roof line had burnt thru and had flames reaching twenty feet into the air.
There were two bedrooms on the first floor that were not completely engulfed in fire. Command assigned Engine 1 and Engine 9 to make entry into these rooms using a high risk tactic known as Vent-Enter-Search. In this operation firefighters make entry thru exterior windows while firefighters on the exterior direct hose streams over their heads to hold back the flames. The fire was brought under control at 4:26 a.m., 24 minutes after arrival on the scene of the FWFD.
No victims were found in these areas. An adult victim was found deceased in one of the heavily burnt areas, after the fire was extinguished.
Firefighters remain at the address to extinguish spot fires as the scene is surveyed by investigators.
Fire, water and smoke damage was heavy and the investigation continues.