Two injured in east-side business fire

INDIANAPOLIS - The owner of a local business was seriously injured when his clothes caught fire on the city’s east side Tuesday evening.

The two-alarm fire was reported at Graham's Auto and Body Shop in the 3900 block of East 21st Street just after 7 p.m., officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department said.

Daniel Graham, the 59-year-old owner of the shop, was inside with two other employees working on a car repair with a torch. IFD said Graham's clothes caught fire and the flames spread from there.

Crews said one of the other employees, 59-year-old Anthony Beverly, ripped off Graham's burning shirt as he ran by.

IFD said Graham suffered second-degree burns and was taken to Eskenazi Health in serious condition. Beverly was taken to Eskenazi Health in good condition. The third employee did not suffer any injuries.

Authorities said 75 firefighters were called to the scene and the fire was under control just before 9 p.m.

The business has been at the 21st Street location for about 20 years.

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