On March 20, 2016, the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to a working fire on Edgewater Drive. Units were dispatched at 2358. EG06 immediately responded to the call and on arrival reported a fully involved structure fire. Command ordered a defensive attack on the fire. Utilizing four hand lines and two supply lines, the fire was brought under control at 0210. Two civilians were injured in the blaze and transported to an area hospital.
It was reported that a couple – both in their 70’s were awakened by smoke alarms and evacuated their burning home this morning before both being transported to Eskenazi to be checked out. Not much remains of the structure which sits in a non-hydranted area along the White River at 75th street known as Edgewater. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and no hydrants requiring them to establish a relay water supply with tankers. The closest hydrant to the north is at 79th street and the closest to the south about a mile away. The male occupant told firefighters that he believes a discarded cigarette is to blame and that he made an attempt to extinguish the blaze before calling 911. When the fire got ahead of him he evacuated. The couple has lived there for over 40 years and has insurance.
-Fire News story by Rita L. Reith, Battalion Chief – Media Relations, Indianapolis Fire Department