Two-alarm fire on NW side originated in car

INDIANAPOLIS - Sixty firefighters from five agencies were called to a blaze Thursday afternoon at a northwest side neighborhood.

Officials said they were fighting a fire that had damaged four homes on the 3400 block of Windham Lake Circle.

One firefighter suffered a "slight injury," officials said. No other people were injured, but six residents were displaced.

Capt. Mike Pruitt, with Wayne Township Fire Department, said the damage estimates could be more than half a million dollars. Pruitt said three of the homes were severely damaged, while the fourth had exterior damage.

Two dogs were rescued from the homes, and one cat had to be rescued from a pond behind one of the homes after it fell in while running from the fire. The cat had burns and was transferred to a local veterinary office.

The owners of the dogs said they felt it was a miracle that they survived the fire.

Pruitt later said investigators determined the fire started in a car that was parked in the garage of the home where the fire originated. There was some form of electircal malfunction in the car that started the fire, but the car was not running at the time.

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