Coroner: Grandmother and granddaughter killed in house fire

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The Huntington County coroner said the two people killed in the Sunday house fire in Huntington were a grandmother and her granddaughter.

De Ann Huss, 52, and her granddaughter Lumin Baker, 3, both died from asphyxia due to smoke inhalation, according to Huntington County Coroner Phil Zahm.  “Due to the extent of injuries, confirming their identities took longer than expected,” said Zahm.  

The fire broke out at around 4 a.m. Sunday and when the Huntington Fire Department arrived on the scene, the home located at 333 Lee Street was fully involved.

Emergency crews determined that two people were missing.  Police then kicked in the rear door of the home to search, but could not enter due to intense flames.

Firefighters also could not enter the home because it was determined to be structurally unsound.

A woman and two children were able to escape by jumping out of a second story window.

Neighbors told WANE 15 the woman frantically knocked on doors screaming for help. 

“She goes call 911 my house is on fire and I ran in there to grab my phone and put my shoes and call 911,” said Tony Schultz who lives across the street. 

The woman suffered a fractured ankle and smoke inhalation. She was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital along with her two children. 

After an hour and a half of fighting the fire, crews were able to bring it under control.  Once it was safe, emergency personnel entered the house and found the body of a Huss on the first floor, and the body of Baker on the second floor.

Family members who showed up at the scene Sunday afternoon told WANE 15 the woman who made it out was the Baker’s mother and the two other children who jumped were young boys. 

Family also told WANE 15 it was one of the boys who woke up his mom alerting her about the fire. 

Several cats and dogs inside the home died, too.

The investigation into what caused the fire is still ongoing. The Huntington Fire Department and Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.


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