Fire destroys east-side home, injures teenager

Dog possibly killed in blaze

INDIANAPOLIS - Indy crews responded to a fire early Monday morning that destroyed a home, left one teenager injured and possibly took the life of a family dog.

Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) officials on the scene told RTV6's Shea Goodpaster a home in the 1100 block of South Drexel Avenue was ripped apart by the flames, causing roughly $50,000 in damage. The fire was reported just after 2:45 a.m.

IFD said a 17-year-old who was visiting the home said he had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up to the couch on fire. The teen told investigators he tried to stop the fire out, but it grew out of control and he was able to escape from the house.

The family who lives there told IFD they were not present when the fire broke out, but that the wood-burning stove in the home was still on when they left at midnight.

The 17-year-old was taken to Eskenazi Health with slight burns to his feet, officials said.

One dog, a Beagle puppy, was recovered safely. The Beagle had been hiding in a dog house and was unhurt by the fire, but IFD said another dog, a Chihuahua, was unaccounted for as of 4:45 a.m.

IFD said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

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