CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. — Firefighters in Clinton County have confirmed two children died in a house fire early Friday.
A call came in at 2:26 a.m. for a residence fire in a rural area on N. County Road 700. That’s in between Frankfort and Rossville.
“We had heavy fire showing from the rear of the home, took about 20 to 25 minutes to get the fire knocked down,” said Rossville Fire Chief Aron Fife.
Fife said once they were able to get inside the house they found the bodies of two children.
“Both children were deceased,” Fife said.
Family of the two children confirmed to FOX 59 12-year-old Shea Heid and her five-year-old sister Amelia died in the fire.
Amelia and Shea’s parents, Brandon and Telia Heid, along with their youngest sister made it out safely.
Fife said the family and even a Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy tried to go inside the house while it was burning to save the kids.
”They did make an attempt to get back in and get them out but they were unsuccessful,” he said.
A family relative told FOX 59 the family is “devastated” and struggling to keep up with the phone calls right now as they wrap their minds around the losses.
It’s a heartbreaking day at Rossville Consolidated Schools, Shea Heid was a sixth grader there.
“Any time you have a loss it’s one too many, especially when you have children involved,” said James Hanna, the Superintendent of Rossville Consolidated Schools.
Hanna said he started working early this morning to start the school’s crisis plan.
“We’re more focused today on the social emotional side of things than we are math,” said Hanna.
As part of the crisis plan, Hanna said counselors and clergy were on hand to help students, staff and anyone who might be struggling.
“We basically, in small groups, meet with the students and provide support for those students as needed,” Hannah said.
What makes this especially difficult is three school staff members are also firefighters and were at the house fire Friday morning.
“It’s impactful because some of those people on the scene actually see that student every day,” said Hanna.
According to a relative of the Heid family, the family lost two pets and all of their possessions in the fire. A GoFundMe has already been set up to support the family during this time.
Hanna expects the entire community to come together for the Heid family.
“I already see that happening, we have an outpouring in this community to try and help,” Hanna said.
The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the fire. According to a spokesperson, nothing indicates foul play at this point.
The Clinton County coroner is determining the cause of death for both Shea and Amelia Heid.