Detectives said the residence where the fire originated had one occupant, as well as two individuals who rented another portion of the dwelling, according to a news release from Hill. The renters fled to a neighboring residence to call 911 and were uninjured. Individuals who were in the residence to the north also escaped without injury.
Coroner's staff found the remains of a body in the rubble after 2 p.m. Wednesday, and were taking them to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center at St. Joe Hospital in Fort Wayne, for positive identification.
Wednesday afternoon the cause of the blaze was under investigation by the Leesburg/Plain Township Fire Department with assistance from the Warsaw/Wayne Township Fire Territory. Also assisting with the fire were firefighters from North Webster, Winona Lake, and Pierceton fire departments.
Efforts to fight the fire were slightly hampered by the frigid temperatures and a slight wind that was blowing across Chapman Lake, according to the release. Firefighters rotated in shifts. The Warsaw chapter of the American Red Cross assisted firefighters during the blaze and helped the displaced renters of the destroyed home.