Sunday morning fire is fatal for Vevay woman


An early morning fire Sunday at the Riverbend Apartments on Washington Street in Vevay proved fatal for a local woman.

Chris See of Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue said that at 8:58 a.m. on Sunday, Jeff-Craig Fire and Switzerland County EMS were dispatched to Washington Street or a report of a structure fire with occupants inside.

Chris See said that, upon arrival, flame and smoke were visible from the street and occupants from adjoining apartments had self-evacuated.

Jeff-Craig Fire Department entered the apartment fire to conduct a search and extinguish the fire. Firefighters quickly combated the fire and also found the body of the apartment’s tenant.

Switzerland County Coroner Lewis Fritter identified the victim as Donna Witt, age 52, of Vevay. The cause of the fire and death are still under investigation.

An investigator with the Indiana Fire Marshal Office was on scene to assist with investigation. Volunteers from the Red Cross were on scene to assist other tenants that were had to be evacuated from their homes.