3:16 PM EST, January 24, 2013
WARSAW – The Kosciusko County Fire Investigation Team says a deadly fire at a Chapman Lake home started in the basement, and they now know what caused it.
Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters were called to the 2100 block of Chapman Lake Dr. on Warsaw's north side.
They found a body inside the burning home but still have not identified the victim.
Chief Investigator Gordon Baker says the night before the fire, the water lines had frozen, and a portable heater was used to try to thaw the pipes. Evidence found at the scene shows the fire appears to have started close to the portable heater.
Firefighters had their hands full because the fire spread to a home next door, doing a lot of damage to it.
Frigid temperatures and winds blowing across Chapman Lake didn't help.
WSBT's Ed Ernstes was first on the scene. He says a lot of firefighters were involved. 5 area departments responded to the call. When they arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames.
Two of the three people inside escaped and called 911. Winds came off the lake, and eventually caused the fire to spread to another home just north of it.
Residents there also escaped injury.
Investigators then searched the rubble of the home where the fire started and found the remains of a body, which was taken to a forensic lab in Fort Wayne to be identified.
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