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Officials still investigating structure fire

Monday, February 13, 2012

CLAY COUNTY -- An investigation into a structure fire late Saturday evening is ongoing.

According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department (CCSD), the Indiana State Fire Marshal and CCSD served a search warrant at the residence of 12970 S. County Road 500 W., Jasonville, Monday afternoon.

No new information regarding the search has been provided.

According to information provided by Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the home had been abandoned.

At approximately 9 p.m., Saturday, CCSD and Lewis Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the structure fire.

According to officials, one man, William Ward, of Clay County, was taken to Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis, via Air Evac, for severe burns he received in the fire.

As of Monday, officials stated Ward was in critical but stable condition.

In addition, another male victim, Jesse Betts, of rural Clay County, was treated for burns at Union Hospital, Terre Haute.

Heaton initially told The Times it was believed the fire started in the upstairs portion of the home.

Authorities speculated a methamphetamine lab explosion might have taken place. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters stated they could smell a strong chemical odor.

Other agencies responding to the scene included the Clay City Volunteer Fire Department, Jasonville Fire Department, Wright Township Fire Department and TransCare.

Officials stated the case is still under investigation.

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