IFD: Fire destroys Indianapolis family's home, killing 5 pets

INDIANAPOLIS - A family of four made it out alive but lost five cats when a powerful fire overtook their southeast-side home early Thursday morning.

Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) crews told RTV6 the fire was reported at roughly 2 a.m. in the 4600 block of April Lane.

Investigators said the family credits their smoke detectors with saving their lives. The father of the family said the family had been awakened to a house full of smoke after the detectors went off. He said he found a heavy fire in the garage and the family got out of the house. The family said they have no idea what started the fire.

The home was destroyed, leaving behind $300,000 in damage, IFD said. Three cars in the garage were also deemed total losses. It took nearly 2 hours to bring the blaze under control, with 17 IFD crews battling the flames.

Firefighters said they had no difficulty fighting the fire other than frigid temperatures and slick surfaces.

IFD noted that many neighbors in the area were up and outside, offering firefighters coffee and water.

Details on the source of the fire have not been made available yet, but IFD said the fire is under investigation.

IFD also mentioned the Department of Code Enforcement was contacted for an unsafe structure.

The four members of the family were unharmed physically, but lost five pets.

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