IFD: Family escapes house fire on Indianapolis' west side

Fire likely sparked by space heater, officials say

INDIANAPOLIS - An extensive fire on the city's west side forced a family from their home early Monday, Indianapolis Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 1000 block of North Tremont Street just after 1 a.m., on reports of a structure fire.

IFD spokesman Dean Johnson said a stubborn fire hydrant delayed initial efforts to douse the flames.

"(Firefighters) got water to the fire probably after a two or three minute delay. That's quite a bit of time when you've got a house fire," Johnson said.

A woman and her children escaped the fire unharmed, officials said.

Investigators said multiple space heaters being used inside the home may have sparked the blaze. 

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