For more than two hours, emergency crews battled a destructive and most likely fatal fire Friday evening in rural Johnson County. By 7 a.m. Saturday, crews had recovered two bodies believed to have been small children.
The fire erupted just before 5 p.m. at a house in the 1100 block of E. County Road 775 South in Nineveh, Ind., right outside Camp Atterbury.
At least eight fire departments and more than 60 firefighters responded to the scene. Authorities said the flames lasted for more than two hours.
Officials said five people lived in the upstairs unit of the building. The husband and father was the only family member not inside when the fire broke out. Sheriff Doug Cox said he was at work at the time of the fire.
Investigators said the mother of the family was able to escape the flames with her 5-year-old daughter.
But, Johnson County officials said, a 6-month-old boy and an 18-month-old girl were unaccounted for and were believed to be trapped in the home. Fire crews made attempts to get inside to save them, but they were pushed back by the fire.
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