Man killed in Charlestown house fire is identified; questions remain


by WHAS11 News

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 27 at 5:34 PM

Charlestown, Ind. (WHAS11) - Questions remain after an early morning fire Monday that killed a man in Charlestown, Indiana.


The fire happened at a home in the 200 block of Delta Drive.


WHAS11 News is learning more information about just what happened.


Police say 38-year-old Shaun Quick died of apparent smoke inhalation but police aren't ruling anything out until a formal autopsy is complete.


 “I woke up around 6 and smelled smoke, like plastic burning,” said neighbor Michelle Roeder.


The smell of smoke soon filled this small neighborhood in Charlestown, prompting one neighbor to call 911. 


By the time police and fire arrived, smoke was seeping out from under the roof.


Firefighters couldn't even get through the front door. 


Once inside, they found the body of 38-year-old Shaun Quick-the only resident in the house. Police Chief Steve Dean says crews had no idea anyone was even home.

 “We had no idea.  There were no vehicles in the driveway. We found him on a typical search of the residence once the fire was extinguished,” said Dean.


Michelle Roeder lives two doors down and says Quick had recently gone through a divorce and had been unemployed. She says he had been gone in recent days.


 “It really surprised me, cause I didn't hear anything.  I was busy in the morning. My sons saw that the police were here and the fire trucks came up as we took the boys to school. And then when I came back, the street was covered with different emergency vehicles,” said Roeder.


Police say Quick had several run-ins with authorities over the last year. Everything from traffic related offenses to domestic calls.


Quick’s family and friends stopped by the house Monday. They did not want to speak on camera. Neighbors say their hearts go out to a family who has already had to endure so much.

Police and fire officials believe that the fire may have started in the bedroom area of the home.


The specific cause remains under investigation.