Grease fire sparks blaze at home near Indianapolis Motor Speedway; pregnant woman dies

INDIANAPOLIS - Emergency crews responded to a fire early Sunday morning on the city's near-west side, just blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A pregnant woman -- carrying a 5-months-along baby girl -- was killed, and two men were hospitalized.

Indianapolis fire crews responded to the blaze at the building just after 4 a.m. Sunday. The home is located in the 2300 block of Groff Avenue.

The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) said two men were taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in serious condition. IFD said one woman was found dead inside the home. She has not yet been identified but IFD said she was in her 40s.

A friend of the victim told RTV6 the woman was a mother of five who was also five months pregnant with a girl.

Investigators said a grease fire is likely to blame for the fire. IFD said it was a "stubborn" fire that was difficult to deal with in the "frigid" temperatures.

IFD said the woman who died alerted the two men to the fire, but she was unable to escape from the home.

RTV6 spoke with the next-door neighbor to the home, who said she woke up to a man outside yelling for help. She told RTV6 she then saw the house was on fire and called 911.

Images taken by RTV6's Katie Heinz show a large amount of smoke billowing from the building.

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