Indianapolis, Indiana:

June 6, 2022

Working Unoccupied Residence Fires with exposures

3608 & 3614 N Illinois – 3616 is occupied exposure house to the north
Dispatched at 5:49 AM
EG14 marks fire working at 5:52 AM due to heavy black smoke in the air – visible for miles
Multiple calls from neighbors reporting fire to 911
First Unit on scene – LD14 at 5:54 AM
2 – Two Story Structure Homes – Ordinary Construction
Both fully involved with heavy fire showing and impinging on a 3rd house
21 IFD Units Dispatched
Aggressive offensive attack
6 Handlines – 3 Supply Lines – 2 Aerial Ops
Command orders defensive fire attack only at 5:58 AM
Collapse in the rear of both house at 6:05 AM
Live power lines down in the rear at
Exposure house to the north (3636) now on fire at 6:05 AM
Command requests additional units at 6:05 AM
Primary search of both structures proves all clear at 6:14 AM
Apartment building to the south – all clear at 6:15 AM (fire did not communicate to this structure)
Command requests AES shut down power lines to area between 36th and 37th Street on Illinois  St.
Fires under control at 6:56 AM
Unclear on working smoke alarms in occupied structure – the occupant stated she was awakened by the crackling noise from the fire and IFD knocking on her door.

IEMS on Scene
IMPD on Scene
IFD Fire Buffs Rehab Support Unit on Scene

Incident Commander – Battalion Chief Bruce Macy
Command Terminated at 8:58 AM
IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations on scene – Fire is under investigation
Family of 4 were displaced from their home at 3616 N Illinois.  2 Adults (27 & 28), 2 children (2 & 8) and their dog.  IFD Victims Assistance is working with Red Cross for shelter. The family has lived there 2 years.
Both of the main fire structures were unoccupied but under renovation.

Credit: Rita Reith MPIO