Infant dies in Frankfort house fire

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FRANKFORT, Ind. (WISH) — An infant boy died Monday morning in a Frankfort house fire.

Frankfort firefighters were called out at a residence on West Jefferson Street just after 10 a.m. Monday to find the house engulfed in flames, Fire Chief John Kirby said.

The boy’s father and two of his siblings escaped the house, and firefighters were told that a child might still be inside. The boy did not escape the fire and perished, Kirby said.

In a Facebook post asking for help for the displaced Mills family, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office identified the boy as 7-month-old Deacon. The office later edited the post to remove the boy’s name and age.

The Frankfort Fire Department did not name the child and said he was 8 months old.

Frankfort police and Clinton County emergency medics also responded to the scene. One police officer was treated for smoke inhalation and minor facial burns, Kirby said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Loss of life in any situation is horrible, but when it’s a child, it is heartbreaking,” Kirby said.

The sheriff’s office said the Mills family is in need of food and clothing. You can drop off donations here:

  • Food and clothing:
    • Faith Family Church, 508 W. Green St., until 8 p.m. Monday.
    • Gem City Junction Coffee Shop, 63 E. Clinton St., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Monetary donations:
    • Faith Family Church from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The Mills family is working with Faith Family Church to find temporary housing. Anyone who would like to help with housing is encouraged to call 765-659-3011.

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