1 killed, 9 displaced in nighttime fires

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis woman is dead and nine others were displaced early Tuesday morning after a rash of fires.

Fishers firefighters were battling flames until just before 6 a.m. Tuesday at a home on the 14000 block of Ravine Road. Allisonville Road was closed between 146th Street and White Oak Street to allow firefighters access to the scene.

Neighbors told police the home was vacant at the time of the fire.

On Indy's near-northwest side, officials were reporting nine residents had been evacuated after fire broke out at an apartment complex near the intersection of West 30th Street and Tibbs Avenue.

Firefighters rescued at least one woman and child who were trapped in the apartment. Red Cross was on its way to assist displaced tenants, and no serious injuries had been reported.

On the south side, a 35-year-old woman was killed in a fire around 9 p.m. on the 6700 block of Orinoco Avenue, just east of Southport High School.

IFD officials said a mother, 53, and her two daughters, 35 and 22, were in the home at the time of the fire. Investigators said the mother and the 22-year-old were injured via smoke inhalation when they tried to rescue the 35-year-old from the fire, who was trapped inside. The 35-year-old daughter was wheelchair-bound, authorities said.

The 22-year-old daughter was sent to Eskenazi Hospital's burn unit in serious condition, but the mother refused to be taken to the hospital while her other daughter was still inside the burning home, officials said.

The 35-year-old woman died in the fire, along with two dogs.

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