The Journal Gazette
Thursday, December 02, 2021 1:10 pm

3 escape blaze at home of defendant in slaying

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire in an east-side home where a man charged with murder lived.

Firefighters were called about 10 a.m. today to 1209 Liberty St., near Coombs and Berry streets.

Three people and two dogs escaped the blaze without injuries before firefighters arrived to find the fire in the attic, Deputy Fire Chief Adam O'Connor said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said. The Red Cross was called to provide housing assistance for the occupants.

The home is listed in Allen Superior Court documents as the address of Dakota Waudby, 19, who was charged this week with murder.

Waudby was being held today in the Allen County Jail without bail. He is accused of killing Renako Sadiki Kenyatta Thomas, 34, early Sunday in an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Decatur Road.

Thomas died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Waudby is expected to be in court Friday for an initial hearing.


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