Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Brookville man dies in house fire

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Brookville, Ind. man died in a Tuesday morning house fire after saving his wife.

        Firefighters were called to the home of Richard Neukam at 17014 St. Marys Road just before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters were told the house was on fire and that someone was still inside.

        According to Franklin County Sheriff's deputies, Mr. Neukam was able to get his wife out of the burning house and to safety. But he was never seen coming out of the structure himself, deputies said.

        Fire crews from Brookville and Oldenburg extinguished the blaze. After a search that stretched throughout the day, they found a body about 5:40 p.m., in the home's basement.

        The Franklin County coroner's office is investigating the death and trying to make a positive identification, police said.

        The fire remains under investigation by fire and police investigators. There was no information on the amount of damage the blaze cost and what may have caused it.


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