MOUNT VERNON – A woman, her young daughter and a teenage cousin were killed when fire swept through a house early Friday in a small southwestern Indiana city, authorities said.
All three were found dead after the fire broke out about 12:30 a.m., Mount Vernon Fire Chief Wes Dixon said. Five other people escaped the house, and two of them were taken to a hospital, Dixon told WFIE-TV and the Evansville Courier & Press.
Dixon said all eight people at the house were related. The Posey County coroner identified those killed as 27-year-old Amanda Robb, her 5-year-old daughter, Aubrey Robb, and 15-year-old Bailey Robb.
Firefighters reported that flames were coming from the roof by the time they arrived at the two-story house in the 6,500-person Ohio River city about 20 miles west of Evansville.
Witness Larry Schakel said he saw firefighters bring two children who appeared to be fine from the back of the house as flames shot from the structure.
The parents were hollering there were still kids in the house, Schakel told WFIE-TV. One firefighter went through the front area of the house, busted through the glass and started shooting water through.
A state fire marshals office investigator determined the fire likely started in or near a clothes dryer.