One Dead In Switzerland County Trailer Fire

Posted On June 12, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Florence, Ind.) – An elderly woman is dead following a trailer fire in Switzerland County.

Firefighters with the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze on Beatty Ridge Road around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

According to Fire Chief Jeff Darling, the roof of the trailer was already collapsed when firefighters arrived at the scene. He added that his firefighters had 90 percent of the flames extinguished within 10 minutes or less.

However, the flames took the life of a 72-year-old woman. It is unknown how long it took for someone to report the fire. Darling says the woman’s husband had left the home about an hour previous to go grocery shopping. The victim’s identity is being withheld until all next of kin have been notified.

After investigation, the State Fire Marshall has ruled the cause of the fire as undetermined.

The East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Jeff-Craig Fire Department, Posey Fire Department and Switzerland County Emergency Response.