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Two people found dead after house fire on west side of Indianapolis

Posted: 7:13 AM, Oct 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-20 18:17:24-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — Two people were found dead after a house fire on the west side of Indianapolis early Sunday morning.

The Wayne Township Fire Department, Speedway Fire Department, and Decatur Township Fire Departments were dispatched to a working residence fire around 6 a.m. in the 600 Block of Laclede Street.

The home was reportedly vacant with possible squatters living inside. When crews responded, they found hoarder-like conditions with holes in the floor of the residence, according to Capt. Michael Pruitt.

Fire investigators, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials and State Fire Marshal's officers did respond to the scene.

Although the identities have yet to be determined, investigators have confirmed that the deceased is one male and one female.

One WTFD firefighter sustained minor injuries from the fire.

Pruitt said the fire has been ruled accidental from possible careless smoking.

This is a developing story and will be updated with information as it becomes available.