PERRY CO., IN (WFIE) - Three people are confirmed dead after a fire in Tell City.
According to police, the fire happened early Friday in the 1000 block of 15th Street. Crews say they were called to the home just before 3:30 a.m.
Fire officials say all three people who died are children under 12 years old. They say three other people were taken to an area hospital.
We are told the mother of the children, Selina Applegate, is in fair condition after trying to save her children. According to authorities, Applegate tried to go upstairs to save her three younger children, but the fire overpowering her and firefighters who got here just shortly after.
“When our guys arrived, they went to an upstairs window," Tell City Fire Chief Greg Lenny, explained. "Two guys attempted to make entry through that window and they actually had to come back out because they were recieving burns through their hoods.”
Those firefighters were treated on scene.
A teenager, who called 911, is also being treated.
Another child, 13-year-old Johnathan Sims, was able to escape through a window and has non life-threatening injuries.
The family dog, Boo Boo, was also able to escape but is missing.
The names of those killed were released during a press conference early Friday.
- Danielle Plock Sims, age 11
- Thomas Plock Sims, age 6
- Roseanna Plock Sims, age 3
Visitation will be at Huber Funeral Home until 6 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be on Monday.
The mayor also spoke at the press conference calling it a tragedy and asked the community to support the Sims family.
As for how this fire started, the state fire marshal is still trying to make a final determination on what caused it. They say the damage was so extensive, it’s making it difficult to make a final determination on what caused it.
The state fire marshal were however able to confirm there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
A witness claimed no alarms were heard.
According to the Perry County Assessor’s Office, the home is owned by Hollinden Realty. We’re told they own several properties in town.
14 News has reached out and left a voicemail with Tony Hollinden.
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