- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

FREEDOM, Ind. (AP) - A fire that killed a boy and two adults in August caused so much damage to their home in rural western Indiana that investigators said they cannot determine what caused it.

A report from the state fire marshal says extensive destruction at the structure near the Owen County town of Freedom didn’t leave enough evidence, The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1LdzNp0 ). State officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Division of Fire and Building Safety officially ruled the cause of the Aug. 5 fire as undetermined.

The fire badly burned 43-year-old Dan Reynolds, 41-year-old Joy Reynolds and her 11-year-old son Bailey Little. All died over the following two days at Indianapolis hospitals.

Officials don’t suspect foul play. While investigators initially thought a propane gas explosion was to blame, they’ve ruled that out, Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson said.

“Even with the effort and persistence of the investigators, the available evidence prevented us from arriving at a more conclusive final determination,” Greeson said.



The report did find that the home did not have working smoke detectors.

The couple married in January and had recently moved into the home in a wooded area about 20 miles west of Bloomington, friends and family members said. Bailey was an honor-roll student and played baseball. The day of the fire would’ve been his first day of sixth grade.

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Information from: The Herald Times, https://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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