Crews fight 3 fires overnight across Indy; 1 caused by lightning

INDIANAPOLIS - City emergency crews responded to a few fires overnight. One of them included calling the police to the scene after a fight broke out.

Just before midnight, a fire broke out in a bedroom of a home in the 1400 block of North Kealing Avenue on the city's east side.

When crews from the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) arrived, they said they had to call Indianapolis police (IMPD) officers to come help. The people who had been in the home all got out safely, but some of them were in the middle of a physical brawl when IFD got there.

Next, shortly before 3 a.m., IFD crews headed to a fire burning at a vacant west-side house in the 1000 block of Udell Street, near 29th Street and MLK Boulevard. That house was destroyed by the blaze. 

Investigators said they're looking into the cause of the fire, which could mean arson was involved. RTV6's Anne Kelly spoke with someone who lives nearby, who said he saw a man near the home shortly before the fire began.

IFD Captain Rita Reith said one firefighter was slightly injured in the fire on Udell Street after slipping and falling down. He was checked out by medical personnel at the scene and released.

And then sometime between 3 and 3:30 a.m., crews headed to another fire -- this one caused by lightning. The home is in the 5300 block of Roxbury Road near 56th Street and Arlington Avenue on the city's northwest side. 

This home had three people and a dog inside, but they all got out safely. The residents said they woke up shortly before the fire started because they heard lightning strike their home. The lightning cut off half of the house's power, and minutes later, the family said the house was on fire. The blaze caused $75,000 in damage.

Watch Good Morning Indiana beginning at 4:30 a.m. on RTV6 and check back here for updates.

Print this article Back to Top