1 killed, several injured in Franklin Co., Indiana barn fire

One dead, three injured in Indiana barn fire
Updated: Jul. 1, 2020 at 11:12 AM EDT
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Franklin County, Ind. (FOX19) - One person was killed and several people were injured in a barn fire in Brookville Tuesday night.

The Franklin County coroner says the person killed in the fire was Donald Lee Winters, 69.

According to Indiana State Police, the fire broke out in the 1200 block of Whitcomb Road in Franklin County around 7:30 p.m.

They said there may have been some type of explosion.

A woman who lives in the area said she could see the smoke for miles.

“Pure black,” Frances Yee said. “It was just pure. I mean, it was like 8-10 feet wide.”

The Brookville Fire Department told FOX19 NOW when they arrived the barn was fully engulfed in flames, which put them into a defensive fire fighting mode.

“Stayed back a little further. We ended up using our aerial ladder to extinguish most of the fire,” Fire Chief Aaron Leffingwell sai.d

According to Adam Strum with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the barn owner operated a permitted firework display company, and the staff was preparing for a show this weekend.

The extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is investigating the cause.

No other details were immediately available.

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