MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) — A woman has died after a house fire late Wednesday night in Muncie.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 1400 block of N. Granville Ave. around 10:15 p.m. Authorities have not released her name, pending family notification.
Colleen Morgan, the woman’s landlord and friend, said that the victim has two young children who were not there at the time.
On a bitterly cold Thursday, snow fell for the first time this season. That seemed to go unnoticed, because beyond the snow is a home. The home was melted by fire and charred by the blaze. It’s a painful reminder to Morgan of what happened to her friend.
“I’m still in shock. I came here around 10:30 last night. I watched them take her out. I was up all night,” Morgan said.
Next door neighbor Jack Holland says his wife woke him when she noticed the home was on fire.
“I jumped out of bed in my pajamas. Ran across there to knock on the door and when I did, the back door, the door opened. Smoked billowed out,” he said.
Holland then called 911. Not long after, firefighters arrived on the scene. But it was too late. They found the woman dead in the living room on the first floor. It’s where investigators believe the blaze broke out.
“She was unrecognizable because where the fire was. She was right there on the couch,” said Holland.
Authorities blocked off a perimeter with yellow tape. Police parked outside the home, even hours later to protect the scene. Both police and fire are trying to determine what happened.
The fire spread upstairs where a window as cracked and siding dangled in the wind. Debris littered a neighboring yard and ashed spilled from a set of french doors. The blaze heavily damaged Morgan’s home. But, that seemed to go unnoticed too.
“I loved her. She was like my fourth child. But she was a special, special person. You couldn’t help but like her,” she said.
The Delaware County Coroner was scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine an exact cause of death.
This is the third deadly central Indiana fire in under three weeks.
Four young children were killed in a house fire Nov. 21 in the small Carroll County town of Flora.