Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis Fire Department

Friday December 24, 2021

Working Building Fire
1502 W Washington St
Carreto Auto Repair
Originally Dispatched as a PI with Entrapment at 2:19 AM
Multiple calls to 911 reporting a car into a building and on fire
Upgraded to a Box Alarm for possible building on fire at 2:22 AM
First Unit on scene – BC07 at 2:25 AM
Single Story commercial Structure Ordinary Construction
Vehicle into structure and fully involved – Heavy smoke showing from building
13 IFD Units Dispatched
2 Wayne Township Units dispatched
4 Handlines – 2 Supply Lines – 1 Aerial Ops
Utilities Secured
Primary and Secondary search of the car proves all clear at 2:30 AM
Command Orders Defensive Operations only at 2:31 AM
Partial collapse of the building at 2:55 AM
Fire under control at 3:01 AM
Primary and secondary search of building proved all clear at 3:01 AM
IEMS on Scene
Incident Commander – Battalion Chief Dave Cook
No firefighter injuries – unclear if the driver of the car was injured as he fled the scene
Building is owned by Carlos Carreto
Command terminated at 3:41 AM
IMPD Investigating
Witnesses tell firefighters that the driver – a Black Male in his early 20’s – got out of the burning car and left the scene. They stated that the car left the road and flipped several times before hitting the building and catching fire.


Credit: Rita L Reith, MPIO