Major house blaze challenges fire crews on Indy's southeast side

IFD: Home considered total loss

INDIANAPOLIS - Multiple Indianapolis fire crews fought a hard battle against a fire Tuesday evening that took hold of a house on the near southeast side of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Fire Department said it responded to a fire just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of Trowbridge Street, just south of Southeastern Avenue.

IFD officials said all six residents, including two foster children, got out of the home safely after neighbors alerted them there was a fire in their basement.

Crews indicated the fire spread vertically so quickly that all firefighters had to be evacuated from the burning house.

Officials said the floor was showing signs of sponginess, which is an impending sign of collapse.

Clutter throughout the home had fallen, which forced the back door closed, and temporarily blocked the exit for one of the fire crews.

All firefighters were soon accounted for and crews continued to fight the fire defensively, IFD said.

Authorities said the home was considered a total loss and the Department of Code Enforcement was called to the scene to assess the risk of collapse.

The Godbold family said they had to give up their insurance because they fell behind on bills after Dennis Godbold had heart surgery.

The Godbolds said it was not the loss of the house, but the loss of the keepsakes that breaks their hearts.

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