Three children die in Tell City residence fire

Tell City, In. — Three children have died following a Friday morning house fire in Tell City.

Tell City Police were called to 1027 15th Street at 3:25 a.m. CST on Friday. When crews arrived on scene, the home was fully involved and they were not able to gain entry into the home. A woman and two other children were able to escape the home, and they told first responders three children were trapped on the second floor.

The fire was shooting from the first-floor door and windows. Fire crews were forced to extinguish the blaze before gaining entry to the home. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office report three fatalities. The victims have been identified as:

  • Danielle Plock Sims, 11
  • Thomas Plock Sims, 6
  • Roseanna Plock Sims, 3

State Fire Marshal investigators continue to talk to the fire survivors to try to determine the cause and origin of the fire. The extent of the damage will make a final determination extremely difficult, according to Clayton Kinder, lead investigator with the State Fire Marshal. No working smoke alarms have been found at the residence at this point, and witnesses reported none were heard during the fire.

The Tell City Fire Department, Tell City Police Department and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (State Fire Marshal) continue to investigate the incident. The State Fire Marshal operates as part of the Division of Fire and Building Safety in the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.