MOUNT VERNON, Ind. — An early Friday morning house fire killed a Mount Vernon, Ind., mother, her 5-year-old daughter and a teenage family member.
Several other people were able to escape the burning home, which is located in the 1100 block of Mulberry Street. Mount Vernon Fire Chief Wes Dixon said the home was already full of flames when firefighters arrived at the residence about 12:30 a.m.
Posey County Coroner Jay Price identified the three victims as 27-year-old Amanda Robb, daughter Aubrey Robb, 5, and a 15-year-old male relative, Bailey Robb.
Five other people including two other small children were inside the home when the fire broke out. One of them, a male, was able to escape by jumping out of a second-story window, Dixon said, though he was taken to an Evansville hospital for treatment. A second person, another man who was rescued by firefighters, was also hospitalized. Neither man’s injuries were life-threatening, according to Dixon.
All eight people who were in the home at the time of the fire were related, Dixon said. None of the other five family members’ identities have been released.
Dixon said investigators from Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene Friday morning and ruled the fire as an accident. Authorities also indicated that the fire likely started in or near a clothes dryer inside the home.
Units from the Black Township Fire Department also responded to the call.
The Red Cross is assisting the surviving members of the Robb family.