St. Joseph Co. Police have released more information on the deadly Thanksgiving Day fire in Osceola.
The updated release is below.
On Thursday, November 28, 2019 at approximately 9:05 a.m. our department was dispatched to a possible house fire located at 10308 Lehman Street in Osceola, Indiana. Neighbors called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the home.
Upon arrival by first responders, smoke was visibly rolling from underneath the roof soffits of the home. Neighbors informed officers that they believed the homeowner was still inside the home. Entry was made by officers into the home, at which time Richard Lueneburg, age 64 was found deceased, along with one of his dogs. An autopsy was scheduled by the county coroner for today. A second dog survived the fire and was taken by officers to the human society. The fire had spread to much of the interior of the home and appears to have begun on a couch. However, the official cause has not been determined at this time. St. Joseph County Police and the State Fire Marshal continue their investigations of the fire and death of Mr. Lueneburg.
Fires in South Bend and Osceola have claimed the lives of three people on Thanksgiving Day.
Here is the information released by SBFD on the double fatal fire:
The South Bend Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at approximately 4:44 a.m. this morning at 809 South Walnut Street. Upon arrival, crews rescued two residents from the porch roof, and two residents were removed from the second floor of the home.
Four patients were transported to Memorial Hospital, and two adults died due to smoke-related injuries. The fire is currently under investigation and updates will be released at a later date.
Meantime, the St. Joseph Co. Sheriff's Dept. says a fire in Osceola killed a man and dog on Thanksgiving morning.
The full release on that fire is below:
On Thursday, November 28, 2019 at approximately 9:05 a.m. our department was dispatched to a possible house fire located at 10308 Lehman Street in Osceola, Indiana. Upon arrival, our patrol officers located the residence, which was on fire. Entry was made into the home and a deceased male and a deceased dog were found inside. No positive identification of the deceased male has been made at this time, any information on the deceased will not be released until a positive identification has been made and family have been notified. The incident is being investigated by SJCPD patrol officers & detectives, the State Fire Marshal and the St. Joseph County Coroner.