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[ISP] House Fire Claims the Life of a Spencer County Man
Start Date: 4/18/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/18/2014
Entry Description
Santa Claus: A house fire this morning in Santa Claus destroyed a residence and took the life of a resident.

At approximately 6:34 A.M. (Central Time), Spencer County Dispatch received a call of a residential structure fire at 911 South Snowball Lane in Christmas Lake Village of Santa Claus. Firefighters from Santa Claus and Carter Township Fire Departments arrived to find the house completely engulfed in flames. A resident, Maureen Gregory, 66, was able to exit the burning home; however, her husband, Bryan Gregory, 65, remained inside.

Investigators from the Indiana Fire Marshall’s Office believe the fire was started accidently in the living room. According to Mrs. Gregory, she had dropped a cigarette in the living room and was unable to pick it back up before the fire had begun. Investigators stated that Mr. Gregory had attempted to exit the residence but had apparently passed out due to smoke inhalation prior to exiting. The Fire Marshall’s Office is ruling the fire as accidental.

Mrs. Gregory was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY and is presently listed in stable condition, having suffered from smoke inhalation and first degree burns.

The Indiana State Police, Santa Claus Police, Spencer County Coroner’s Office, Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Spencer County EMS assisted the Santa Claus and Carter Township Fire Departments on scene.

Deceased (Family Notified):
Bryan Gregory, 65
911 S. Snowball Lane, Santa Claus

* Per the request of the Santa Claus Fire Chief, information and media requests are being handled by the Indiana State Police Public Information Office.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Philip Hensley
Phone: 812-631-1363
Email: phensley@isp.in.gov
Santa Claus house fire
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