Mother released from hospital after fatal Flora fire; deputy making improvements

(WLFI Photo)
(WLFI Photo)

FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) — A woman who was injured in a fatal house fire Monday has been released from the hospital.

According to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital spokesman Tom Surber, Gaylin Rose was released from the hospital. Rose was airlifted to Indianapolis with injuries after a fire broke out at her Columbia Street home in Flora.

Rose’s four children: 5-year-old Kionnie Precious Welch, 7-year-old Kerriele Danyell McDonald, 9-year-old Keyara Janell Phillips and 11-year-old Keyana Latrice Davis, could not make it out in time.

Two law enforcement officers were also injured while trying to save the children.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Yoder, who was first on the scene, went into the burning home to try and save the girls.

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said Yoder remains in the hospital. He is stable but has severe damage to his lungs. Leazenby said Yoder is now breathing on his own and making vast improvements.

Flora Police Officer Josh Disinger, another first on the scene, was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette for smoke inhalation. He has since been released.

Yoder credited Disinger for saving his life when both officers responded to the deadly fire. Disinger posted a picture on Facebook of a note written by Yoder that reads “u saved my life Josh.”

Included on the post, Disinger wrote “Drew wrote this to me today. It means far more to me than any plaque or award I have received in my life. And I will cherish it as such!”

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office said due to the amount of damage to the building, the cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined.