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Fort Wayne, area police briefs: Barking dogs alert to fire; Angola suspect surrenders in connection with killing

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:58 am

Barking dogs alert family to house fire

Barking dogs sounded the alarm early Tuesday morning in a burning home on Glenwood Avenue, waking up the woman who lived there. She escaped along with her two children; none of them were harmed. The dogs got out unhurt, too, according to Fort Wayne firefighters.

Firefighters were dispatched at 1:10 a.m. to the fire in the 1800 block of Glenwood. They reached the home at 1:13 a.m. and had the fire under control 17 minutes later.

The fire damage was confined to a kitchen on the first floor, firefighters said, but the blaze caused heavy smoke damage throughout the home. Water and fire damage was rated as moderate by firefighters.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Suspect surrenders 2 days after fatality

ANGOLA – Authorities say an Angola man has surrendered for arrest two days after a man he's accused of attacking died.

Angola police told WANE, NewsChannel 15, that 41-year-old Kenny Fletcher surrendered Monday night at the Steuben County Jail. Fletcher faces a preliminary charge of murder for the Saturday night death of 39-year-old Wilbur Renshaw.

Police say officers responding to a report of a fight found Renshaw lying on a street bleeding. He later died at a hospital in the city.

The county coroner says Renshaw suffered extreme trauma to the chest but that a ruling on the cause of his death hasn't yet been made.