Investigators searching for clues in fire that killed Mooresville couple

Mooresville deadly fire investigation. (WTHR Staff)
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MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) — Fire investigators spent much of Tuesday trying to figure out what sparked a deadly house.

That fire killed Mary Featherston, 79, and her husband Donald, 84, who had lived in the house for decades.

The fire broke out Monday afternoon, shortly after 3 p.m., along a busy street. Authorities said the couple was alone without working smoke detectors and that there was no 911 call from the home.

The home is now surrounded by yellow crime tape as a slew of investigators with the ATF, State Fire Marshall's Office and other agencies look for answers.

Morgan County Sheriff Rick Meyers said mobilizing the county's Major Crimes Task Force was not unusual in this case.

Mooresville deadly fire investigation. (WTHR Staff)

"It's pretty much protocol for any death investigation," Sheriff Meyers said.

Investigators used a 3-D imager inside the burned out home and an arson dog trained to sniff for accelerants in the hopes of narrowing down a cause.

Asked if they had come upon anything suspicious, Meyers said, "Nothing we can point to."

What they do know is the fire spread quickly. When people saw smoke pouring from the house, they called 911. Meyers said some working nearby tried to get inside the house to rescue the Featherston's but the fire was just too intense.

Connor Fetsch, who stood across the street from the house Tuesday said, "It's very tragic when something like this happens."

Fetsch didn't know the Featherston's, but knew they lived there for decades. He had heard the couple raised four children and were good people but in later years kept to themselves. He called their deaths shocking and sad.

"Even if i don't know them it's still the community that comes to rally around, especially their family and any friends they may have had around the area," he said.

Autopsy results are expected Wednesday providing information on the couple's cause of death. Meyers said the cause of the fire will take much longer.

He said they were reaching out to the "plethora" of people who called 911 for additional information and asked anyone with video or other information that might be helpful to call Mooresville Police at 317-831-3434.

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