Woman found dead after house fire in New Castle; police officers rescue man from roof

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4 Fast Facts

  • Woman dies after fire in New Castle
  • Emergency crews called around 6 a.m.
  • Man rescued from porch
  • Investigators said fire destroyed the home

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – A woman died after a fire in New Castle Wednesday morning. The fire also sent her nephew to the hospital. Family members say the woman who died is 86-year-old Doris Perdew. She lived in the house with her nephew, 69-year-old Robert Perdew. His family says Robert is doing alright but was taken to an Indianapolis hospital as a precautionary measure.

The man said an 86-year-old woman was still inside the home; firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the windows when they arrived. They found the woman dead inside the front room after their initial search.

The man who survived the fire suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was given oxygen at the scene. He was eventually taken to an Indianapolis hospital as a precaution. A second alarm was called and crews had the fire under control by 7:30 a.m.

According to New Castle Fire Chief Mark Boatright Sr., the fire destroyed the home and caused an estimated $110,000 in damage. The cause remains under investigation but fire officials believe it started in the front part of the home.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal was also called to the scene since there was a fatality.

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