Fire eats away at vacant house as crews attempt to control flames

INDIANAPOLIS - An early morning house fire drew crews to the west side of Indianapolis Friday. Officials said the blaze at the vacant home was already in full force by the time crews arrived.

RTV6 had a crew on the scene of the house fire, which was reported just before 3:20 a.m. and is located at 834 Roache St.

Crews said they believed the home to be inhabited at the time they arrived, because they saw furniture inside. Officials said they learned from a neighbor, however, that it was vacant. Multiple residents said people had been in and out of the house to seek shelter from the cold.

It took a couple more minutes longer to start fighting the flames due to problems with the first hydrant crews tried, officials said. The fire department believes the first hydrant may have been frozen shut.

The roof collapsed after crews had arrived, but no firefighters were inside at the time. The fire was out just before 5 a.m.

Photos taken at the house showed several crews attempting to battle the fire. We're told 60 firefighters were on the scene.

Officials told RTV6 one firefighter injured his hand, but it was a minor injury.

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