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UPDATE: Autopsies done for the house fire on Kenwood Avenue in South Bend

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UPDATE: Two people were killed in a house fire Saturday on Kenwood Avenue in South Bend. The autopsies were performed today. 

The forensic pathologist determined the "cause" of death for both Angela Williams and George Bailey was due to smoke and soot inhalation with thermal injury.

The County Metro Homicide Unit will continue to investigate whether the "manner" of the deaths was homicide.  If you have any further information related to the incident call the CMHU at 235-5009 or CrimeStoppers.


PREVIOUS: A fire on the 2400 block of Kenwood Avenue in South Bend has left two people dead.


Fire fighters on the scene say they responded to a house fire call shortly after 5:40am. They believe the fire started in the living room. They pulled two bodies from the home and were rushed to Memorial Trauma Center.

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit Commander Tim Corbett confirms one individual was pronounced dead at the scene and the other later at Memorial. The victims were 43-year-old Angela Williams and 58-year-old George Bailey.

A neighbor who lives on Kenwood Avenue, who did not want to speak on camera or share her name, talked about the fire. "It was just kind of close for comfort and I was just hoping that there was no one in there," the neighbor said. "It's like a family-oriented neighborhood but this is just heartbreaking."

Verda Bailey is the sister of George Bailey. She says she lives just a few houses down from her brother. "He was just a neighborhood guy that everybody knew. He met no strangers. He treated everybody the same. He'd do whatever he could to help you out.," Verda Bailey said.

The same neighbor who did not want to be shown on camera shared a similar description of George Bailey. "He would shovel your snow, cut your grass, fix up your car. He was just a good person. He's going to be missed," the neighbor said.

Corbett says Metro Homicide was called to the fire because first responders said they had some evidence they felt required Metro Homicide services. Arson investigators were called to the scene. Corbett says this is not being called an arson or homicide at this time, but neither are ruled out. Arson investigators will continue to investigate and Corbett says South Bend Police and Fire will decide if arson is in play or not.

Verda Bailey doesn't believe the fire was accidental. "Something happened. It wasn't just a fire. I think that somebody did something to him," she said.

Autopsies for Angela Williams and George Bailey are expected to be done on Monday.

Things will never be the same without him," Verda Bailey said.
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