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2 children perish in fire
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
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."


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