SUBJECT: Mobile Home Fire Results in Fatality
RELEASE NUMBER: 2020-NR-015
CONTACT: Col. Noah Robinson / Sgt. Erik Nilssen
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
An Evansville man has died in a mobile home fire in northern Vanderburgh County.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:02pm, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, along with the McCutchanville, German Township, and Scott Township Fire Departments, responded to a residential structure fire in the 6100-Block of Moline Dr. Vanderburgh County Dispatch had received multiple 911 calls in reference to a mobile home with heavy smoke coming from it with the resident possibly still inside.
Upon arriving on scene, two deputies were approached by neighbors who believed the resident was possibly trapped inside. In an effort to preserve life, the deputies retrieved a door ram and forced entry into the mobile home, which had heavy smoke and visible flames coming from it. Unfortunately, both deputies were stopped by the heavy smoke and were unable to completely make entry or see or hear anyone inside.
Properly equipped firefighters arrived shortly thereafter and made entry into the home and located an unresponsive person. Firefighters removed the resident from the burning home and began providing life saving measures with AMR Paramedics. The resident was unable to be revived.
Firefighters continued fighting the fire until it was determined to be completely extinguished at 7:45pm.
The cause of the fire and circumstances surrounding it are currently being investigated by Investigators from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, McCutchanville Fire Department, German Township Fire Department, the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office.
The identity of the deceased will be released by the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office at a later time, pending notification of family members.