UPDATE: Man, 81, dies in house fire Tuesday on CR 300 North

Photos and information from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

A resident identified as Charles Putchaven, 81, died in a fire at the house in which he lived in the 5600 West block of CR 300 North Tuesday morning, May 1, 2018. 

Coolspring, Center, Springfield, and Michiana Shores volunteer fire departments, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, EMS units and other emergency responders went to the home at about 10:30 a.m. Deputies L. Scott Boswell and Jeff Wright were the first to arrive and found the home on fire with visible flames. Boswell and Wright tried to enter the house but were forced back because of the working fire.  

After firefighters began to extinguish the fire, several firefighters entered the house and found Putchaven’s body. He died of smoke inhalation and severe thermal burns, the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office has ruled.  


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