TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Fire officials said one person is dead following a house fire in Terre Haute Wednesday morning.
A second person who was inside the residence when the fire started was treated and released at a nearby hospital after suffering burns.
The fire destroyed the home at 3130 East Sycamore Ave. and temporarily shut down the street.
Otter Creek Fire Department Public Information Officer Taylor Hardy described a “chaotic scene” with the house engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 1:18 a.m. Wednesday.
Hardy said crews had attempted to rescue the trapped female when they initially arrived; however, smoke and flames prevented them from getting to her.
Subzero temperatures also presented a challenge for firefighters as hoses froze up. Hardy said that because the closest fire hydrant was three blocks away, firefighters were forced to rely on tankers and water shuttles to fight the blaze.
Crews, along with the state fire marshal, returned to the scene around 10 a.m. were able to find the remains of the female within the house.
Four other departments assisted in the fight to better control the blaze.
Hardy said the scene is still active as the investigation into the fatal fire continues.
The Sycamore Avenue was the third fire in a matter of hours that the Otter Creek Fire Department responded to.
The first fire, around 10 p.m. Tuesday, was a small electrical fire in an attic fire at 78 N. Clinton Street. No injuries were reported.
Then, around 12:17 a.m. Wednesday, Otter Creek FD was called to the 3800 block of Markle Avenue for a shed fire. The shed was being used as a doghouse. It was determined that a heating element inside the structure caused the fire. Two animals were rescued. No injuries were reported.