House fire in Switzerland County leaves 6 dead



The Switzerland County Coroner’s Office has identified the six deceased victims as Paige A. M. Ridener, age 25, James S. Ridener, age 15, Jordan T. Ridener, age 13, Joshua A. Ridener, age 12, Emilee A. Ridener, age 11, and Elizabeth G. Ridener, age 10.


SWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind. — Six people were killed in a house fire on Lewis Drive in Vevay Saturday morning.

Indiana State Police (ISP) said the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office received at report of house fire around 3:00 a.m. on March 28.

According to ISP, multiple agencies responded to the scene and found a two story home fully engulfed.

Authorities reported finding multiple victims deceased inside the home after the fire was extinguished.

The Indiana State Police said an adult male was able to escape the residence without injury after the fire started.

The Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office is working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.  Although the investigation is ongoing, foul play is not suspected at this time.

ISP said autopsies are to be performed on Sunday, March 29, to determine the identities of the six victims.

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