FREMONT, Ind. (WANE) — Indiana State Police are investigating the cause of a house fire that took four lives early Saturday morning.
State police shared the names of the victims Sunday night after family notifications were made.
Rebecca White (37), Mother
Emmett Freed (5), Son
Eleanor Freed (3), Daughter
Alaura Freed (21 months), Daughter
According to a release Saturday, Steuben County dispatch received a 911 call reporting the house fire at 5:02 a.m. on Toledo Street. The Fremont Fire Department arrived at the scene where the fire was still active.
Firefighters located the three children and White inside the burning home. All four victims were transported to a local hospital. Per the release, the three children were pronounced dead at the hospital, and White later died after being transferred to a nearby burn center.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office was conducting an on-scene investigation to figure out the cause of the fire. It has been reported by the State Fire Marshal’s Office that the fire looks to have started on the second floor of the home. All four victims were together in one bedroom. No other information is available.
As noted in the release, Indiana State Police will be working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office to see if there was a “criminal element” to the fire.
A vigil was held Sunday night to memorialize the victims. A GoFundMe has been started to cover the medical and funeral expenses for the family. You can donate here.
More than $16,000 was raised as of Monday. The fundraiser includes a statement from the organizer, Samantha Korlowicz.
We want to take a moment to thank everyone for their generous support during this time. We are truly humbled by the outpouring of love from the community.
We also want to take this time to thank the first responders and medical staff yesterday for their bravery. I cannot imagine the toll this is taking on them and would like everyone to keep them in their prayers. This is tragic for everyone involved from family, to friends, to the responders on scene, and also to the community.
A walkthrough visitation at Beams Funeral Home and Celebration of Life at Fremont United Methodist Church will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2023. The time is TBD and will be announced after all arrangements are finalized.
We are currently waiting for the final costs for the funeral home services and I will update this fundraiser once we know more.