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Authorities investigate deadly fire in Monrovia

MONROVIA, Ind. — Authorities are investigating a deadly fire in Monrovia.

According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey, the sheriff’s department received a call about the fire between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday at a home located at 5550 Blazing Star Road. He isn’t sure when the fire started.

Downey said two people are dead. Police consider this a death investigation at this time, although the arson unit is also investigating.

Neighbor Ivy Hayden describes the flames as being as high as the trees. She was getting home as first responders were racing to put out the blaze.

“It was kind of scary in the moment you know because you don’t want to lose anybody and this time of the year. It’s so sad that somebody did pass away here,” Ivy Hayden said.

Sheriff Robert Downing said the preliminary investigation suggests the victims died because of the fire. “It’s a tragedy for the families. Also remember it takes its toll on first responders. Law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS personnel to have to go and investigate these scenes,” Sheriff Robert Downing said.

The State Fire Marshals office and the Morgan County Major Crime Task Force are working on the case together.

They will release the name of the victims after family members are notified. “We are here to support our neighbors,” Hayden said.

An autopsy will be performed on the two bodies that were found.