INDIANAPOLIS - Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed one home and damaged two others on the city's east side Tuesday.
The fire sparked about 4 a.m. in the 100 block of North Denny Street near Washington Street and Sherman Drive, dispatchers confirmed.
The two homes that stood on either side of the home that was destroyed were damaged. Fire crews said although they were unable to save the first house, they concentrated their efforts on saving the two homes next door.
The three homes, so close together, proved difficult to contain.
"Fire getting into the right space in one of these houses, inside a wall, can cause one of these houses to go up pretty quick," IFD Capt. Rita Burris said.
The fires displaced two families who officials said literally ran from the flames.
Seven people, four adults and three children, were able to make it out safely before firefighters arrived.
Residents, glad to be safe, found themselves picking up the pieces after the fire.
"I'll probably have to find a motel or something to stay in or something. I called the Red Cross. She's supposed to call me back," victim Carmel Buckner said.
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