Family: Fire victim was a 'stand-up guy'

One fatality after three fires overnight

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis firefighters were busy late Saturday and early Sunday as three fires burned throughout the city overnight, leaving one man dead.

Firefighters were called to the 2100 block of Gent Street on the near west side just after 11 Saturday night, where heavy flames caused about $40,000 in damage to the home.

Officials said nobody was in the home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

One man died in a two-alarm fire around midnight at a home at 28th and Rader streets, also on the near west side.

It took 30 different fire units an hour to get control of the flames, which started in one home and spread to a second before crews arrived.

Crews found the victim inside the first home, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members told RTV6 that Charles "Charlie" Lasley, 52, was killed in the fire.

IFD said the home did not have any working smoke detectors

Family members said the father of six grown children was the oldest in his family. His sister-in-law says Lasley was a pillar in the neighborhood.

"He helped everyone in the neighborhood," Angie Lasley said. "If you couldn't make it to the store and were sick, he would go and get your groceries. Just a stand-up guy."

Nobody was inside the second home at the time of the fire.

A third fire broke out about 1:30 a.m. on the southeast side, at Keeneland Crest apartments near Stop 11 Road and Emerson Avenue.

Crews said they think the fire started in the mulch outside a unit on Ashview Drive then spread to the building's attic.

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