LEWIS, Ind. -- A family tragedy occurred in Lewis Thursday morning.
A Lewis residence was 60 percent engulfed by a fire when firefighters from Lewis Township, Cory Township, Clay City and later Jasonville volunteer firefighters arrived around 6 a.m., Thursday.
Although the unidentified three-member family safely got out of the home located at 5627 West County Road 850 South, an unforeseen medical emergency may have caused the death of one of the victims later in the morning.
According to records on file at the Clay County Justice Center, while all three victims were transported to Sullivan County Hospital for medical treatment by TransCare personnel, one of the victims suffered what appeared to be have been a possible cardiac arrest.
Further information about the family -- including verification of their names -- is being withheld until further notification of the family and the investigation into the cause of the fire is completed.
The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office was contacted per protocol to help determine the cause of the fire due to the death related to the incident.
Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times the home was a total loss, although firefighters were able to save the outer walls of the home during the more than three hours they were on scene.
Also responding to the scene was the Clay County Sheriff's Department.