IFD: Child, 5, accidentally starts east-side house fire

Child admitted to playing with lighter

INDIANAPOLIS - A family of five was safe after a 5-year-old girl accidentally started a house fire on the city’s east side Monday evening.

The fire happened in the 3800 block of North Kitley Avenue just before 7:30 p.m., officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department said.

Officials said the 5-year-old alerted the family to the fire. The child later admitted to investigators that she started playing with a lighter in a bedroom while she was watching TV. Authorities said she accidentally set the mattress on fire.

Crews said the blaze caused more than $50,000 in damage and the parents and their children would have to find somewhere else to stay.

Firefighters were also working with the family to educate the kids about the dangers of fire.

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