Update: Three people feared dead in Bristol fire

August 18. 2009 10:59AM

WSBT-TV Reporter

This story was originally posted at 10:59 a.m. Aug. 18, 2009.br>BRISTOL — Three family members are missing and feared dead following a fire just north of Bristol in Elkhart County.

The fire started in a home in the 52000 block of County Road 25, just north of the Indiana Toll Road.

Police say a neighbor called 911 just before 6 a.m. When firefighters arrived flames were already shooting through the roof.

Family members are telling investigators three people should have been inside the home and they are unaccounted for at this point.

Investigators are waiting for a search warrant to bring excavating equipment in so they can begin looking for the bodies. They need that warrant because it's considered private property and the homeowner, presumed missing, cannot give consent.

Two state fire marshal investigators, two cadaver dogs and the Elkhart County coroner are on the scene.

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