Pregnant woman, 7-year-old boy perish in White Pigeon fire
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

WHITE PIGEON – A woman who was to give birth in a few weeks and a 7-year-old boy died in a house fire in downtown White Pigeon early this morning.

Their names have not been released.

Firefighters were called to the two-story home in the 100 block of West Chicago around 3:30 a-m.

W-W-M-T-dot-com quoted Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Royce as saying 11 people lived in the home, including seven children.

Seven people were taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation. Two were said to be in critical condition. Two persons made it out of the house safely.

One dog also perished but another dog survived.

Central Elementary School Principal Shelly McBride said students were informed a classmate died in the fire. Counselors were brought to the school to assist children.

Parents also received a letter from the school that outlined coping strategies.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.