You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Police and fire

  • Worker pinned under forklift
    A Warsaw man was taken to the hospital in serious condition after he was pinned under a 2,000-pound forklift near the loading dock of the Creighton Brothers processing plant in Warsaw Thursday morning, the Kosciusko County sheriff's department said.
  • Search for drill leads police to drug-related arrest
    The suspected theft of a power drill led police to a Syracuse home containing precursors to meth production, the Kosciusko County sheriff's department said today.
  • Suspect in credit-card theft sought
    Someone using a stolen credit card racked up $2,000 worth of merchandise earlier this month, and the Allen County Sheriff'?s Department is asking for the public's help in identifying her.

Candle blamed in critical injury fire

A 91-year-old woman badly injured in a weekend house fire near Cromwell was in critical condition Monday, authorities said.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were dispatched to 10510 Noble County Road W. 200 S., about 5 miles south of Cromwell, said firefighter Jason Stump, a spokesman for the Sparta Township Fire Department.

Stump said his chief got there first and medics arrived soon afterward to help the woman who had already escaped her home, which was engulfed in flames.

The woman, identified as Eleanor Steller, suffered smoke inhalation and burns on her face and arms, Stump said. She was flown by helicopter to St. Joseph Hospital’s burn unit in Fort Wayne, he said. She was in critical condition Monday evening, according to hospital staff.

Stump said the fire destroyed the two-story farmhouse where Steller lived alone. Firefighters brought the blaze under control about 9:30 p.m., he said.

Investigators determined that a candle ignited the fire, Stump said.