7-year-old boy killed, 5 injured in Indianapolis apartment fire

Mom unable to pull boy from burning apartment

INDIANAPOLIS - A 7-year-old boy was killed early Saturday morning in a fire on Indianapolis' west side.

The Indianapolis Fire Department was called to the apartment in the 1800 block of West Washington Street just after 3:30 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting from the second floor of the building.

The blaze was brought under control within 30 minutes in the building that contained five apartment units and 16 residents.

"The boy, whose mother and stepfather jumped from the second floor, was found by firefighters after receiving vital information from two IMPD officers as to his location," said IFD Capt. Rita Burris.

The officers, Jeff Newlin and Jon King, were first to arrive at the fire, encountering "heavy fire and frantic residents evacuating, jumping from the building," Burris said. "Attempting to make entry, the officers had to pull back due to the heavy black smoke and lack of visibility."

Five adults were taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and one firefighter suffered steam burns to his face and legs.

Four residents told firefighters they jumped from the building, and 11 others got out through other means.

"The mother of the 7-year-old boy told firefighters that she tried to get her son out of the window along with her, but ... due to the intense heat and heavy, black smoke, she was unable to maintain her hold on him," Burris said.

The boy's name was not immediately released.

Fire crews said there were no working smoke detectors in the apartment building and that damage was estimated at $150,000.

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