NEW WHITELAND, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2016) – A 2-year-old girl died after a house fire in New Whiteland Tuesday.
The fire broke out at a home in the 700 block of Hickory Pine Drive Tuesday afternoon. Crews were dispatched around 12:40 p.m.
The fire did significant damage to the upper level of the home.
That second floor is apparently where the 2-year-old had gotten trapped when the fire started.
Fire crews wrapped up their investigation Tuesday night without any information of a possible cause. New Whiteland fire chief Derek Wilson said a language barrier prevented them from getting information from the family about what may have caused the fire. Investigators are working to get more translators to help the family explain what may have happened.
Fire crews were called to the scene by a mother who told dispatchers the house was fully engulfed making it impossible for her reach her daughter on the second floor.
As soon as fire crews arrived they rescued the little girl and rushed her to the hospital.
“We were initially called to respond to one person trapped and that person was removed. That was the only one still in the residence upon our arrival,” said Bargersville fire chief Jason Ramey.
Unfortunately, before she could be pulled out of the home, the victim suffered very serious burns and did pass away.
Her mother was also found suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to the same hospital as her daughter.
As for what sparked the fire, right now crews do not have an answer.
“Command requested assistance to begin an investigation. That is basic protocol anytime you have a fire with significant injury or possibly death,” said Ramey.
Several neighbors were understandably shaken up by the fire.
They didn’t want to go on camera, but did say the family had lived in the home for a couple of years but didn’t speak much English.
The name of the victim is Manserat Kaur.