UPDATE: Victims of Ripley Co. fire identified



The victims have been identified as George Andrew, 85, and his wife, Belva Andrew, 80.

Preliminary reports are that the couple died from smoke inhalation, although complete autopsy reports have not yet been completed.

The investigation is ongoing.


Two people are dead after a fire broke out early Sunday morning in Ripley County.

Around 6:50am, the Milan Fire Department responded to the 5600 block of East US 50 in Elrod for an unknown type of fire with entrapment. When crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed.

It took crews an hour to completely put the flames out. Officials believe the fire had been burning for some time before it was reported.

After the fire was extinguished, fire crews found two bodies in the home. Both victims were pronounced dead the scene. So far, the victims have not been identified and an autopsy  is scheduled to be performed Monday morning to determine a cause of death.

Investigators from the Milan fire Department and the Indiana State Fire marshal's office have ruled out arson and believe that the fire started near or at a wood furnace found in the basement. Investigator say that there appeared to be numerous combustible materials near the wood stove.

The Milan fire department was also assisted by several other area departments. The incident is currently under investigation.