ISP, fire marshals investigating house fire in Tell City


TELL CITY, Ind. (WEHT) The investigation continues into a house fire this past weekend in Perry County. It happened on Main Street in early Sunday morning in Tell City.

“I got out of the car and I noticed a little haziness down at the end of the block. I figured it was the cool weather and the warm weather,” said Christine Shelton, who lives near the scene of Sunday’s fire. What she, and others noticed early that morning wasn’t fog, but smoke.

“About 25 to 30 minutes later, I saw all the lights. I walked down to the house and I found out it was on fire,” Shelton recalled.

“The smell was so strong that I almost couldn’t breathe,” adds Shauna Perry, who was woken up by the smoke.

Indiana State Police say the fire was reported to them around 2:30 AM Sunday morning. The back of the house, along with a backyard shed and a car, were damaged. Neighbors say the house belonged to an Indiana State Trooper and that he lost two dogs during the fire, but state police have not officially confirmed either detail so far.

“Since that happened, I’m getting kind of worried about I don’t know what’s going to happen after this, what’s going to happen after yesterday. I feel sorry for them,” Perry says.

Indiana State Fire Marshals could only confirm they’re helping in the investigation. As the investigation continues, neighbors and others in tell city wait for answers.

“I want to find out what happened,” says Perry.

“Somebody was very hateful. That’s what I can think of. The man protects the state and comes home and house is on fire,” adds Shelton.

If anyone has any information on this case can call either the Indiana State Police’s post in Jasper or the State Fire Marshal’s office.

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(This story was originally published on October 14, 2019)

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