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PICTURED: Parents and their four children killed in a house fire that police believe may be arson

Photographs were released on Wednesday showing the two parents and their four children whose bodies were recovered from the rubble of burned-out northern Indiana home in what authorities suspect was arson.

The parents have been identified as Brandi Vail, 25, and Joe Huddleston, 42.

Huddleston’s 10-year-old daughter, Kadee, was among the four children who perished.

The others were Vail’s children – three-month-old son Marshall Hite; Rylie Hite, 1; and Swayze Hite, 3.

The nature of the relationship between Huddleston and Vail is not clear, according to Pharos-Tribune. 

Investigators suspect that the fire was started intentionally and that this is being treated as a criminal matter, according to WTHR-TV.  

Huddleston’s wife and his adult son survived the fire and were taken to a local hospital, Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said.

Neighbors reported the fire about 2am on Wednesday at the rural home about 70 miles north of Indianapolis. 

Two Cass County sheriff’s deputies arrived three minutes later and attempted to enter the home but were turned away by flames and heat, Sheriff Randy Pryor said.

Pryor said the two survivors have spoken to investigators.

The house was largely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, preventing any rescue attempts, New Waverly Fire Department Lt. Steve Crispen said.

The building’s roof collapsed after fire gutted most of the interior of the two-story, wood-frame house, Crispen said.

Firefighting efforts were hindered by a lack of fire hydrants near the house. 

Fire crews ran out of water and had to wait for about five minutes for more tankers to arrive, Crispen said.

‘It’s pretty numbing when the initial dispatch is telling us people are entrapped in the structure and they’re saying multiple people,’ Crispen said. 

Firefighters remain on the scene following an early morning house fire on Wednesday in Logansport, Indiana

Rescue services eventually recovered six bodies from the rubble of the house destroyed by the fire in Logansport, Indiana on Wednesday

Rescue services eventually recovered six bodies from the rubble of the house destroyed by the fire in Logansport, Indiana on Wednesday

Two Cass County sheriff's deputies arrived three minutes after the fire was first reported at around 2am on Wednesday

Two Cass County sheriff’s deputies arrived three minutes after the fire was first reported at around 2am on Wednesday

The deputies attempted to enter the home but were turned away by flames and heat, Sheriff Randy Pryor said

The deputies attempted to enter the home but were turned away by flames and heat, Sheriff Randy Pryor said

Three state fire investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze, State Fire Marshal James Greeson said, adding that the task ahead would not be easy

Three state fire investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze, State Fire Marshal James Greeson said, adding that the task ahead would not be easy

Slocum said he didn't want to speculate about the cause of the fire. 'We're going to consider it a criminal investigation until we find out otherwise - it is all encompassing,' Slocum said.

Slocum said he didn’t want to speculate about the cause of the fire. ‘We’re going to consider it a criminal investigation until we find out otherwise – it is all encompassing,’ Slocum said.

‘It’s one of the toughest days I’ve probably had in my life.’

Three state fire investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze, State Fire Marshal James Greeson said, adding that the task ahead would not be easy.

‘We have an excavation unit in there that is going to systematically pull this apart, so we can get in and actually do our investigation,’ Greeson said.

Slocum said he didn’t want to speculate about the cause of the fire.

‘We’re going to consider it a criminal investigation until we find out otherwise – it is all encompassing,’ Slocum said.
 

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