6 who died in house fire were siblings, police say

By The Associated Press

VEVAY — Six people who died in a rural house fire in southern Indiana were siblings, ranging in age from 25 to 10, authorities said Sunday.

“The cause of the fire and the cause of the deaths has not been determined yet although no foul play is suspected at this time,” state police said.

The fire occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday in Switzerland County, along the Kentucky border.

The victims were Paige Ridener, 25, James Ridener, 15, Jordan Ridener, 13, Joshua Ridener, 12, Emilee Ridener, 11, and Elizabeth Ridener, 10.

Paige's boyfriend, Joseph Buchheit, 33, escaped the fire and was not hurt.

“He attempted to re-enter the home to get to the six victims but was unable to due to the heavy fire and smoke,” state police said.

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