Date: Wednesday June 17, 2020


Working Structure Fire with Exposures
1456 Central Ave
Dispatched as a detached garage and utility poles fire at 7:19 PM
Multiple calls report hearing an explosion and heavy fire at 7:22 PM
Thick Black smoke could be seen for miles
Marked working prior to arrival
First Unit on scene – EG07 at 7:23 PM
Heavy Fire and Smoke Showing
Multiple power lines down and on fire
Two Story Ordinary Construction – fully involved – partial collapse
15 IFD Units Dispatched
6 Handlines – 3 Supply Lines
Fire Under Control at 7:43 PM
Utilities Secured at 8:20 PM
Incident Commander – Battalion Chief Dudley Taylor
IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations – Fire Under Investigation
No injuries
IEMS on Scene
IMPD on Scene
IFD Rehab Support Unit on Scene (Fire Buffs)
Marion County Health dispatched for fuel run off into sewer
Garage sits behind home owned by Jeff Cummings (60) – has lived there since 2003

Mr. Cummings told firefighters that at the time of the fire, his garage contained a 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman, a 2020 Porsche Macan and a friend’s 2016 Honda Civic. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Reports of  an “explosion” occurred about 2-3 minutes after the fire was initially reported.  Crews on scene believe the sound came from tires or possibly a fuel tank on one of the vehicles. Mr. Cummings has no idea what could have caused the blaze.  Extension of the fire occurred to the detached garages on either side of the main fire with some extension to the homeowners pergola and the rear eaves of his house.


-Submitted by Rita L Reith