Victim identified in fatal Cicero fire

Lt. Steve Smith
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The Hamilton County coroner's office has identified the victim of a fatal house fire earlier this week.

Cicero firefighters discovered the body of 66-year-old Linda Miessen in her home on Lincoln Drive two days after a fire. The coroner determined that she died from acute myocardial infarction and smoke inhalation.

Neighbors called 911 shortly before 11:00 p.m. Monday to report a house on fire in the 2400 block of Lincoln Drive. When Cicero fire crews arrived, the house was engulfed, according to Lt. Steve Smith. Additional crews were brought in from the Noblesville Fire Department and Jackson Fire Territory, and firefighters also had to deal with temperatures as low as -13.

"When it's 11 or 12 below zero, we have issues with lines that could freeze up.  We always need to keep water circulating at all times to keep the lines open and active," Smith said.

Neighbors told firefighters they pounded on the door but were unable to get any response. The fire was so advanced that crews were unable to conduct a search for the victim.

At that point, it was undetermined if the home was occupied at the time of the fire. Family members told the state fire marshal's office that someone may have been home.

Cicero Fire investigators, working in joint effort with the Investigations and Search Divisions of the State Fire Marshal's Office, Midwest Search Dogs, Hamilton County Corners Office, Cicero Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, discovered the body.

Family members were kept informed through the incident and were supportive of the recovery efforts.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is considered undetermined, according to investigators.

Smith said hydrants in the area were able to supply fire crews despite the cold temperatures.