Indy firefighter injured fighting blaze at home

INDIANAPOLIS - Friday morning, a firefighter was slightly injured falling through a collapsed floor at a burning house one woman has called home for three decades.

The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) said at roughly 4 a.m. Friday, neighbors reported a fire at a home in the 1600 block of Barth Avenue on the city's south side (see attached map).

There was originally a report of someone trapped but crews quickly discovered no one was in the house.

IFD said one firefighter was "slightly" hurt after falling through the first floor into the basement level of the home. That crew member was reportedly checked out by medical workers and released.

Crews said the fire began in the basement of the house, which used to be a daycare.

RTV6's Anne Kelly was on the scene when the woman who owns the house arrived. She said she had been away when the fire started. The woman said she's lived in the house for roughly 30 years.

Investigators said there were no working smoke detectors in the home. IFD also said "spongy" floors, burned-out stairwells and holes in the floor made work difficult for crews in the interior of the home. Sixteen IFD crews helped put out the fire.

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