FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An early morning fire at a home off Coldwater Road claimed the lives of two men.
Fort Wayne Fire crews were called just after 5:30 a.m. to a home at 7010 Strawberry Drive, near Northrop High School. Firefighters arrived to find flames rising high from the two-story home.
Deputy Chief Adam O’Connor told WANE 15 that one person was found dead in an upstairs bedroom of the home. Later, another person was found beneath rubble after the roof of the home collapsed, O’Connor said.
On Wednesday, the Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Robert Lee Whitt, 65, and Gordon L. Douglas, 64. Autopsies found both men died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns and their deaths were ruled accidental.
Fire officials also said two dogs also died in the blaze.
It’s not known yet known what caused the fire.