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Putnam County House Fire Claims One Life On East County Road 1200 South

Firefighters Discover Body Of Male Victim After Putting Out Fire
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel arrived to find this home at 3992 East County Road 1200 South in Putnam County fully engulfed in flames at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23. 
(Staff Photo) Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel arrived to find this home at 3992 East County Road 1200 South in Putnam County fully engulfed in flames at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23. (Staff Photo) A house fire just north of the Owen-Putnam county line claimed the life of one person Thursday morning on East County Road 1200 South.

The rural Cloverdale home of Kerry and Wendy Stout was fully engulfed in flames just after 9:00 a.m. when a passerby called Putnam County 911.

Personnel from the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene at 3992 East County Road 1200 South at 9:36 a.m. and began battling the blaze on the east side of the home.

Greencastle and Cataract fire departments arrived on the scene just before 10:00 a.m. with additional manpower and fire-fighting apparatus.

According to Putnam County Sheriff ’s Department Colonel Tom Helmer, a Hendricks County REMC crew alerted authorities to the fire and deputies arrived on the scene a short time later to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of the residence. Helmer said once firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, they discovered the body of 19-year-old Dustin Lee Stout.


Firefighters from the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department prepare to enter the smoke-filled home of Kerry and Wendy Stout. 
(Staff Photo) Firefighters from the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department prepare to enter the smoke-filled home of Kerry and Wendy Stout. (Staff Photo) Putnam County Coroner David Brown was called to the scene to confirm the death. Brown noted that the cause of death is undetermined at this time, pending results of a toxicology test.

Helmer said the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Putnam County detectives are currently investigating the incident.

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