VEVAY, Ind. (WTHR) - The Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an early morning house fire Saturday in rural Switzerland County that killed six people.
The fire started around 3 a.m. at the two story hour on Lewis Drive in Vevay. It was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Once the fire was out, the victims were found inside.
The Switzerland County Coroner’s Office identified the six deceased victims as:
- Paige A. M. Ridener, age 25
- James S. Ridener, age 15
- Jordan T. Ridener, age 13
- Joshua A. Ridener, age 12
- Emilee A. Ridener, age 11
- Elizabeth G. Ridener, age 10
All six victims were siblings, according to officials. The five youngest siblings lived at the residence while Paige Ridener had recently been staying at the home.
Joseph Buchheit, 33, who was the boyfriend of Paige, was also at the residence when the fire started. Buchheit escaped the home without injury.
Officials say he attempted to re-enter the home to get to the six victims but was unable to due to the heavy fire and smoke.
The Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office is working to determine what caused the fire. Foul play is not suspected at this time.