Body found after NW Indiana barn fire extinguished

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KOUTS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a body found in the rubble of a northwestern Indiana barn fire.

The (Munster) Times reports the body was found Monday morning in the pole barn near the town of Kouts, about 25 miles southeast of Gary.

Firefighters had been called about 1:15 a.m. and found the barn fully engulfed in flames. The body was found after the fire was extinguished.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said an autopsy was planned Tuesday and that alternative methods of identification would be used because of the condition of the remains.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are among the agencies investigating the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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