Six people were left dead in a fire that destroyed a family home in rural Indiana early Saturday morning, officials said.
Investigators have not yet positively identified the victims of the fatal blaze, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of the Indiana State Police said on Twitter.
The fire was reported at 3:40 a.m. and may have started on the porch of the house, a two-story family residence in the small town of Vevay, according to David Hosick, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, which includes the state fire marshal’s office.
By the time firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, he said.
“The cause of the fire is still unknown,” Mr. Hosick said. “There is no foul play suspected at this time, based on what we know.”
The house, on Lewis Drive, belongs to a family, but Mr. Hosick said officials did not know who was home at the time.
“It is still too early to say,” he said.
Vevay, a rural town on the Ohio River, is about 100 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
Mr. Hosick said the last fire in the state he could remember of such a magnitude was in 2018, when six family members were killed in Logansport after a fire ignited in their home. Four children died in the blaze, which was ruled accidental.
“That was very traumatic to the community,” he said.
Mr. Hosick said the fire in Vevay was “going to hit these folks hard.”
Aimee Ortiz contributed reporting.