Fire marshal investigating a fatal fire in Dugger

DUGGER – One person has died as a result of a fire Wednesday afternoon that spread from an old church in Dugger, Indiana to a house next door.

When Union Township and Linton firefighters arrived at 12:15 p.m. at 8065 East Church Street in Dugger they found the structure, which once housed the United Methodist Church of Dugger, was fully engulfed in flames. Adjacent home and vehicle also caught fire because of the intense heat.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., fire investigators discovered a deceased person inside the home, said Sheriff Clark Cottom said.

The identity of the person who died is not being released at this time. An autopsy on the person who died has been scheduled for Friday, Cottom said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.