JOHNSON COUNTY – Investigators are searching for two infants who were trapped after a house fire in southern Johnson County.
It broke out Friday night at a home on County Road 775 South in Nineveh. The home was a duplex with one apartment upstairs and another downstairs. The fire department turned the investigation over to county and state agencies, which will continue to search for two children.
According to the Bargersville Fire Department, a mother and three kids lived in one of the apartments. The mother and one child got out; two younger children were trapped inside and haven’t been found. The fire left virtually nothing behind except for the home’s charred frame.
Nineveh firefighters arrived along with police officers to find the mother and her 6-year-old daughter standing in the street. They’d escaped according to fire officials, but first responders heard that her other children were still inside.
The woman suffered burns and smoke inhalation. She was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital after being taken initially to a Johnson County hospital.
“We have yet to confirm any other occupants just for the simple fact that we not located any remains at this point,” said Chief Jason Ramey of the Bargersville Fire Department. “Again, we go off our best information from the family that there are two infants inside the building.”
Ramey said the infants are 6 and 18 months old. The Johnson County Coroner’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office are treating the case as a death investigation.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. It appeared the building went up in flames quickly.
“The unfortunate part of this story is the age of the children and their size, of course,” Ramey said. “That’s why we’ve ceased all shoveling, sifting and all that, we don’t want to disturb anything that may be still evidence based or remains based in there.”
State and local officials anticipated that they would be at the home throughout the night as they transition to the next phase of their investigation.