Indiana house fire kills at least 1 as officials search for more bodies

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Six people have died after getting trapped in a house fire near Logansport, Indiana.

The fire ignited at the residence just before 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday in a rural area of Cass County, about three miles outside the city.

The ages of the victims ranged from 3 months to 42 years, Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told reporters. Among the dead were a 25-year-old mother and her 3-year-old and 1-year-old daughters and 3-month-old son, Slocum said. A 42-year-old father and his 10-year-old daughter were also killed, Slocum said. They have not been identified.

The bodies were found in different parts of the home, Cass County authorities told reporters at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Two adults managed to escape as the flames engulfed the home and were taken to a local hospital, Slocum said.

The remote location of the house posed a challenge for firefighters trying to access the nearest water source to douse the flames, Slocum said. The early morning blaze has now been fully extinguished.

The home was engulfed in flames by the time two Cass County deputies arrived on the scene, authorities said. One of the deputies tried to gain access to the second story of the home by climbing onto the first floor roof, but he was pushed back by smoke and flames.

The roof and second story of the home collapsed as a result of the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office.

PHOTO: A firefighter works at the scene of a deadly house fire near Logansport, Ind., Nov. 28, 2018.WRTV
A firefighter works at the scene of a deadly house fire near Logansport, Ind., Nov. 28, 2018.

“There’s so much destruction here,” Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson told reporters, adding that it’s unclear whether the residence was equipped with smoke detectors.

PHOTO: Firefighters gather at the scene of a deadly house fire near Logansport, Ind., Nov. 28, 2018.WRTV
Firefighters gather at the scene of a deadly house fire near Logansport, Ind., Nov. 28, 2018.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but Slocum said Wednesday afternoon that “there is no indication that a crime as occurred” at this stage.

Greeson said finding the origin of the fire will be “very, very difficult.” Adding, “the home was taken apart to discover bodies.”

ABC News’ Will Gretsky and Rachel Katz contributed to this report.