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A firefighter works from a ladder Thursday at the Medina Body Shop in Milford. Two bodies were recovered from the upstairs apartment after the fire.

2 bodies discovered after Milford blaze

Two people were found dead Thursday morning after a fire ripped through an auto-repair business in northern Kosciusko County.

Fire officials said no one was working at the Medina Body Shop, off Indiana 15 in Milford, when the fire was reported at 7:20 a.m., but at least one person was living in the apartment above the business.

Firefighters from five area fire departments responded to the call but were unable to enter the building because of heat from the blaze and the presence of cars and oil products inside.

After the fire was brought under control several hours later, two bodies were recovered from the building, officials said.

The Kosciusko County coroner said the identities and genders of the two victims could not be determined.

Their bodies were transported to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center in Fort Wayne for autopsies, but the coroner said identification could take several weeks.

Fire officials said the building and its contents were a total loss.

The blaze remains under investigation.

The Milford Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Syracuse/Turkey Creek Township, Leesburg/Plain Township, Nappanee and New Paris.

jcrothers@jg.net

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