Family forced into freezing temperatures after fire destroys home

A family of five was displaced Tuesday morning after a fire ripped through their southwest side home.

Indianapolis firefighters responded to the 1400 block of Kappes Street at approximately 7 a.m.  When they arrived, heavy fire and smoke could be seen coming from the home.

Fire officials said the family left four stove top burners on high in order to heat the home.  Within 10 minutes, heavy black smoke filled the kitchen, and the family was forced to evacuate the home.

The homeowner told firefighters he was unsure how the fire started because he said he carefully removed all the pans off the burners.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze in an hour.

IFD reminds urges residents to not use appliances to heat their homes.  Instead, contact your utility company to work out a plan if you don’t have the appropriate utilities.

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