Toys are scattered in the front yard of the Collett home, of which little was left after Thursday’s fire.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
It is a tragedy of utter, profound sadness, one that possibly could have been prevented by smoke detectors.
Two young brothers, Carson Collett, 4, and Carter Collett, 3, died in a house fire late Thursday night, April 21, in southern Campbell Township.
"You don't know how to react in a situation like this," said Don Biehle, Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department chief. "This will affect people for a long time, whether they know it now or not."
When a neighbor reported the fire at 11:16 p.m., the house at 1375 N. CR 615E was already fully engulfed by flames.
Kenneth L. Collett, 55, grandfather of the youngsters, survived but with burns to his chest and face.
Jennings County Emergency Medical Services/Rescue 20 personnel transported Collett to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital. Collett was then transferred to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis where he was treated for burns and smoke inhalation and later released.
"He was lucky to get out of the house, to be honest," Biehle said. "Before we got there, he went back inside the house several times to try to get his grandsons. He didn't know for sure where the boys were. He thought in the living room but they were actually found in their bedroom."
Firefighters entered the house quickly after they arrived.
"Our guys got to the bedroom door, probably within six feet of the boys, but the fire and smoke were so intense they couldn't get into their bedroom," Biehle said. "The roof was starting to fall in and the floors were weak."
When the state finals for the Indiana Academic Super Bowl gets underway on Saturday, May 6, Jennings County High School will have a team in attendance.
He started off as a volunteer driver for the JC Veterans Service Officer and ended up in charge of the county's Veterans Affairs Office for the last 10 years.
With one of its main tenants not renewing their lease and basically asking for free space, the City of North Vernon will discuss the status of its Education Training Center at their meeting Monday night, April 24.
The Rebels are coming to Vernon again, though not like Gen. John Hunt Morgan's Raiders did in 1863. This weekend, the Rebs and Yankees will only be at each other's throats in dramatic instead of real-life fashion as they bring history to life in the historic town.
On a day when Civil War reenactors acted out an 1863 battle 10 miles to the south in Vernon, dogwood trees were blooming as they shaded some of the grave sites at the Dag Cemetery in northern Sand Creek Township.
Members of the Vernon Greys, a reenactment group protraying the town's militia force from the 1860s, and others march during one of the demonstrations at the Sassafras Tea Festival and Living Civil War History event on Saturday at the Muscatatuck Park. More photos from the festival will be in this week's edition of the Plain Dealer.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer