Indiana Fire Kills Two Young Brothers

A fire killed two young brothers, but the rest of the family escaped down a ladder left propped against their home, firefighters said.


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- A fire killed two young brothers, but the rest of the family escaped down a ladder left propped against their home, firefighters said.

The fire, reported around 3 a.m. Saturday, killed Tristan Davison, 7, and Juan Davison, 9.

The boys were the children of Jason Davison and Veronica Mills, who are divorced. Jason Davison and his wife, Sarah, escaped from the fire along with two other children, Ayla, 5, and Phoebe, 14 months.

David Miller, a Muncie Fire Department investigator, said the fire started in the Tristan and Juan's first-floor bedroom, where the boys slept in bunk beds. When police and firefighters arrived at the home, the building was fully engulfed in flames, according to Delaware County Coroner James Clevenger, who is also a Muncie firefighter.

Firefighters found the body of Juan inside the boys' first-floor bedroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:30 a.m.

Tristan was also found in a first-floor room. He was transported to Ball Memorial Hospital's emergency department, but was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m.

Sarah Davison said the family members who escaped did so by going out a second-floor window and down a ladder the landlord had left against the house after working on the roof.

``My dog woke us up barking and howling,'' Sarah Davison told The Star Press of Muncie. ``She doesn't do that unless there's a problem.''