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    Indiana Firefighter Killed in House Fire

    Indiana Firefighter Killed in House Fire

    Updated: 11-02-2006 03:38:11 PM

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    According to officials, the firefighter was from Kent, Ind.

    A firefighter was killed Wednesday morning while battling a house fire near Hanover, Ind.

    Larry Sedam of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department said Greg Cloud, 33, was unable to escape with other firefighters inside the rural home. Cloud worked at a factory near Carrollton, Ky.

    In addition, Madison, Ind., Township Fire Chief Robert Black was hospitalized with serious injuries and was scheduled for surgery Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

    Officials said Cloud, a 3-year veteran of the department, is the first Jefferson County, Ind., firefighter to die in the line of duty.

    Fire officials said the fire started about 1 a.m. EST.

    The blaze broke out at a home on Zoar Church Road, just off of State Road 256 in Jefferson County, Ind.

    Indiana State Police said the owner of the home and farm is a prominent doctor but were unsure if he was home at the time of the fire.

    The farm is used to raise miniature horses and had about 300 horses on the property.

    Officials said Wednesday afternoon that an autopsy report showed Cloud died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    The fire started in a gazebo behind the house before spreading, fire officials said.

    According to investigators, fouls play is not suspected, but they will test for any signs of accelerants.

    In addition, the house did not have a working telephone, officials said.

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    Cloud, Gregory A.

    Age: 33
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 11/01/2006
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 04:15
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 11/01/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Kent Volunteer Fire Company
    8250 W. Kent Blankenship St.
    Madison , Indiana 47250
    Chief: Lloyd Lamb

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Cloud and a team of firefighters were working fire suppression inside of a burning residential structure when they were overcome by heavy smoke conditions and ordered by command to exit the structure. While exiting the structure and as the team was coming down a staircase, they encountered rapid fire progress conditions separating Cloud from the other firefighters. When a rescue team re-entered the farm house they discovered Cloud on the second floor of the farm house where he had passed away, according to the coroner's report, as a result of smoke inhalation.

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