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Body found in blaze on Elyetta

November 23, 2018

A person died in one of two blazes that Fort Wayne firefighters fought late Wednesday and early Thursday.

The fatal fire occurred on Fort Wayne’s near-southwest side just after midnight Thursday. Neighbors a block away called 911 at 12:11 a.m., about a rapidly spreading fire at 2337 Elyetta St., according to a Fort Wayne Fire Department statement.

Crews arrived at the home three minutes later and found the one-story home engulfed in flames.

Because of the fire’s intensity, power lines fell causing portions of the home to be “energized,” the statement said. There were numerous small explosions inside the home.

Firefighters worked to keep the flames from spreading to neighboring homes. It took crews 33 minutes to get the fire under control.

After American Electric Power cut electricity to the home, firefighters were able to search for victims. A person was found about an hour later, the statement said. The person’s identity will be made by the Allen County coroner.

Firefighters were also called to Woodview Manor Apartments, 3323 Timberhill Drive, on the city’s north side just before midnight Wednesday. The complex is east of Hobson Road near Purdue Fort Wayne student housing.

Crews found fire coming from a second-floor apartment and through the roof, a department statement said. Firefighters located the fire in the living room.

No one was inside the apartment.

The rest of the building’s residents were evacuated without injuries, according to the statement. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in 17 minutes, but the building was heavily damaged.

The cause of both fires is under investigation.

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