Jennifer Lee Clem, 24, passed away March 27, 2012 in Princeton as the result of a house fire.


She was born Sept. 10, 1987 in Evansville to Shannon Clem and Tracy Fithian.


Survivours include her husband, Glenn TenBardg; children, Gavin & Ambreah TenBarge; mother, Shannon Devillez, father, Tracy Fithian; sister, Brea Clem; brother, Ryan Bennett; grandparents, Elsie Clem, Bill & Shirley Fithian; great-grandparent, Frances Sullivan.


Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Holders Funeral Home in Owensville.


Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.           


March 27, 2012

A woman died in a Princeton, Ind., house fire early Tuesday morning.


The fire gutted a home in the 800 block of South Seminary Street and caused minor damage to a neighbor’s house. Princeton Fire Chief Mike Pflug credited that neighbor, 34-year-old Rob Melton, for helping rescue the two men from the burning home. The identity of the woman has not been released.


Melton said he came out on his porch for a cigarette about 3:15 a.m. and saw smoke coming from the home, located at 824 S. Seminary St.


“I don’t think I even lit it, and I looked and I saw smoke coming out of the side of the house. I ran over there and saw the window was on fire — smoke and flames were shooting out of the window — so I ran inside the house and tried to wake everyone up,” he said. “I was screaming, yelling, knocking on the walls.”


The two people who Melton knew lived in the home got out safely with his help, but then one of them told him the woman was still inside. Responding fire units engaged in a search and rescue operation, but did not find the victim alive.


“A couple of times, we tried to run in there and get her out, but we couldn’t,” Melton said, his voice tailing off. “I just met her a couple days ago, a sweetheart — a polite, good girl.”


He said the intense fire and smoke made it impossible for the three men to get to the woman, whose body was discovered after firefighters extinguished the blaze.


“That fire grew so fast that within probably 90 seconds it engulfed the whole house,” Melton said.

Pflug said it took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control.


He said investigators believe the fire was caused by multiple extension cords running from the destroyed residence to Melton’s home for electricity. The power was scheduled to be restored to the home where the fire broke out Tuesday morning. In fact, Pflug said a Duke Energy crew showed up as fire officials were leaving the scene.


Investigators ruled the fire an accident and concluded that it started in a bedroom due to a faulty fan unit or cord, according to a news release issued later Tuesday afternoon by the fire department.


Though there were signs of a child’s presence at the home — a red wagon and other toys were still in the side yard later Tuesday morning — there were no children inside the home when it caught fire.


Though Melton said he was thankful that two of his “best friends” were able to escape harm, his mind kept focusing on the one he just met who didn’t make it.


“I sat down when I got back home awhile ago (Tuesday morning).” Melton said. “It hit me that we just lost somebody.”


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Wednesday, March 28, 2011 Princeton Daily Clarion


Gibson County Coroner Barrett Doyle confirms that 24 year old Jennifer Clem, of Ft. Branch, died due to smoke inhalation from yesterday's fatal fire. Results of toxicology tests will not be available for six to eight weeks.