Authorities investigating fatal fire in Bartholomew County

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. –  Authorities in Bartholomew County are investigating a house fire where a 65-year old man was found dead.

Just after 3:15 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Della Rd. on the report of a structure fire.

When they arrived, authorities found the house fully engulfed. Nearby residents were notified to evacuate in case the fire continued to spread.

Multiple fire departments arrived and extinguished the fire. After the fire was extinguished, authorities found a deceased victim located inside the residence.

An investigation by the coroner’s office identified 65-year old Ronald K. Rhoades as the deceased.  The cause and manner of death remain under investigation, but foul play is not suspected. 

Detectives were notified from both the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Bartholomew County Fire Investigation. This is an ongoing investigation.

If you have more information, you can call authorities at 812-376-0998.