UPDATE: The victim in a fatal house fire has been identified. The Allen County Coroner’s Office released the following on Wednesday:
The Allen County Coroner’s office was contacted by the Fort Wayne Fire Department and advised of the death of Susan Mae Kuhn, a female, white, age 54, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Susan Mae Kuhn was the victim found within a residential fire, at 1342 Fay Drive, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Saturday, May 23, 2020. The autopsy has been completed and she has been positively identified via fingerprints.
Cause of Death has been determined to be Thermal Burns and Smoke Inhalation, and the Manner of Death is Accident.
The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Fire Department, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Officials with the FWFD say one person is dead after an overnight house fire southwest of downtown Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Fire Department was sent to 1342 Fay Drive just after 3:15 Saturday morning on the report of a residential structure fire.
Fort Wayne police were already on the scene and confirmed a working fire with someone possibly inside. The first fire department engine arrived in 3 minutes and found flames coming from the first and second floors. The crew pulled a hand line to go inside and search for occupants.
They immediately located a victim who they determined was deceased and continued their search knocking down fire on the way. Conditions inside worsened and crews had to evacuate with a partial floor collapse. It was determined that nobody else was in the home which sustained major damage.
The fire was under control in 30 minutes, but crews remained on the scene for most of the morning working to control hotspots. The home suffered heavy smoke, water, and fire damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The fire department was assisted by TRAA, FWPD, Nipsco, AEP and neighborhood Code.