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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, February 11, 2018 1:00 am

Police/Fire

Man dies of heart attack after crash

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A Ligonier man died after suffering a cardiac arrest after a crash in Noble County early Friday, according to a news release.

Police believe Kelly G. Napier, 57, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander west on County Road 1075 North when he kept straight at a curve at County Road 350 West and hit a tree sometime before 3:50 a.m.

A Topeka Fire Department crew had to extricate Napier from the vehicle after a wrecker dislodged it from a tree, police said.

Napier was injured but alert when emergency workers arrived. He died from heart failure inside an ambulance, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

House fire claims pair of family pets

Two family pets perished in a house fire Friday night in Fort Wayne, a news release said.

Firefighters arrived at 1921 St. Louis Ave. about 9:30 p.m. and found heavy smoke billowing from the home. The fire began in the kitchen, officials said.

Three adults at the home were outside when crews arrived, but two dogs were still inside. Firefighters searched the house and found the pets.

The home sustained moderate damage. The fire remains under investigation.

Trooper's car hit after chase call

Indiana State Police are investigating a crash involving a trooper whose car was hit after responding to a chase Friday night in southwest Indianapolis, according to a news release.

The crash happened just before 11 p.m. near the intersection of Kentucky Avenue and Mann Road.

The officer had his lights and siren on when he tried to pass a motorist who hit the police car, sending it out of control, the release said.

No one was hurt in the incident.