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Indiana State Fire Marshal Assisting Bloomington Fire Department in fatal fire at Evergreen Village

BLOOMINGTON - NOVMBER 11, 2022 - Bloomington Fire Department responded to a fire with heavy fire on the second floor of Evergreen Village Friday morning around midnight.

Photos provide by Monroe County Emergency Alerts

Rickey Harper, 66 died as result of injuries in the fire. Harper was found in a room and taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The cause and manner of death is being investigated by the Monroe County Coroner's office. An autopsy is being performed on Saturday in Terre Haute.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by officials from the Indiana State Fire and Bloomington Fire Department. At this time no other information has been provided.

IU Lifeline Ambulance leaves with a fire victim on Friday afternoon on Lemon Quarry Road in Lawrence County

This would make the second fatal fire in the area; the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office is also investigating a fatal fire in the 200 block of Lemon Quarry Road that happened Friday afternoon.

The 911 call reporting that fire came in at 12:04 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Athena Taylor. succumbed to her injuries, after becoming trapped in her mobile home. The woman was reported as having mobility issues making it impossible for her to escape the fire on her own.

A woman succumbs to her injuries in a fatal fire in the 200 block of Lemon Quarry Road Friday afternoon

Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and IU Lifeline were performing CPR on the victim before being transported to the hospital. The exact cause of death has not been released by the Lawrence County Coroner's office at this time.

The cause of the fire has not been released by fire officials. The fire spread to a nearby woods threating other structures, propane tank and livestock pen.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department was able to free the animals before reaching the livestock pens.

Marshal Township, Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department, Perry Township Volunteer Fire Departments from Lawrence County, Monroe Fire Protection District, from Monroe County and U.S. Forestry Service personnel responded to the fire.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, and Indiana State Police quickly responded to the fire assisting the fire department in fighting the fire and assisting in helping ambulance personnel.

Firefighters remind all residents to check the batteries in their smoke detectors and make sure they are properly installed.

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