LANESVILLE —Julie Lucas woke up to loud popping, almost like gunshots, close to 6 a.m. Friday. When she looked across the street to her neighbor’s house, she saw it engulfed in flames.
The fire along West McCarthy Knob Road in rural Floyd County killed the man who lived there. Lucas said he was friendly, but mostly kept to himself.
“We just don’t know, really, what happened,” Lucas said. “I don’t know if he was trying to get out or if he slept through it. It’s just kind of sad.”
Anthony Combs, chief of the Lanesville/Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, said they got the call to respond just before 6 a.m. When they arrived, the fire had taken over the whole house, leaving them to keep the fire from spreading anywhere else.
He said around 7:25 a.m., they were able to control the fire and go inside. They found one body, not yet identified. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“We’re not 100 percent sure [what caused it],” Combs said. “The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office was there investigating, as well as our units. As of now, the cause is undetermined and we’ll have to wait for some tests to come back.
"We’re waiting for word from the [Floyd County] coroner as well."