Owen County investigators say cause of fire that killed three people is ‘undetermined’

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Joy Reynolds (left), Bailey Little (middle) and Dan Reynolds (right).

OWEN COUNTY, Ind. (October 15, 2015) – Over two months after a fire in Owen County killed three people, investigators released the final case summary.

According to investigators, the cause of the fire is undetermined, and there is too much damage to determine a cause.

The PIO for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security released this statement:

Investigators with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Division of Fire and Building Safety, reporting to the Indiana State Fire Marshal, have officially ruled the cause of the August 5 fire in Franklin Township, Owen County, as undetermined. The ruling follows a comprehensive investigation. The fire claimed the lives of three people.

Due to the destructive nature of the fire and the extensive damage to the structure, there was not enough evidence for investigators to determine a definitive cause or area of origin. The investigation included IDHS, the Owen County Sherriff’s Office, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Shand Forensics, Donan Insurance and Electrical Investigation.

“At this time we have no reason to suspect foul play,” said James Greeson, Indiana State Fire Marshal. “Even with the effort and persistence of the investigators, the available evidence prevented us from arriving at a more conclusive final determination.”

The fire claimed the lives of Dan and Joy Reynolds and Joy’s 11-year-old son Bailey Little.

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