A house fire occurring during the morning hours of October 29, 2016, resulted in the death of a 23-year-old Salem, Indiana, man. Although authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire, it appears no foul play is suspected currently.  On the day of the fire, the man’s mother left the home for less than an hour, when upon her return she observed the man’s house engulfed in smoke. In attempt to save the Salem man, the man’s mother threw a rock through her son’s window but after breaking the window observed flames completely surrounding the man’s bed and was unable to retrieve the man. Although Salem Fire and Police officials arrived at the scene of the fire and were able to quickly contain and put out the fire, the Salem man was pronounced shortly thereafter. Upon initial investigation of the fire, it appears that that the fire commenced in the man’s room with minor smoke damage in other rooms within the dwelling. As a result of being unable to determine the cause of the fire, the Indiana State Fire Marshal is now completing an investigation.

Although house fires result from many causes ranging from electrical shorts or gas fires, such fires are often preventable if proper fire safety measures are followed. In Indiana, pursuant to state law, each dwelling must have at least one functional smoke detector installed.  It’s important to be informed on how to prevent house fires and if you are injured due to the negligence of another, please contact the experienced legal professionals at Schiller Law at 888-578-3100 or on the web at IndyInjured.com for a free consultation and case evaluation.