Argument between mother, daughter led to north side fire

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An argument between a mother and daughter sparked a fire on the north side Wednesday morning, police say.

Crews were called to the 2000 block of E. 44th St., just north of the fairgrounds, around 3:30 a.m.

There was only minimal damage to the house because residents made the call into the fire department very quickly. Crews saw light smoke when they arrived; five adults and four dogs escaped.

Medics were called to the scene for slight injury to one woman who suffered from smoke inhalation.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, a woman told police she was arguing with her mother, who was addicted to crack cocaine. The woman tried to take her mother in for treatment on Tuesday, but her mother refused. When they returned home, the woman’s mother became upset.

The daughter went to stay with a neighbor in the other half of the double residence, the report said. Just before 3 a.m., the daughter called police to report that her mother was irate and throwing items out of the house. She told police she was afraid her mother would set fire to the items because she had done it in the past, the report said.

Police told the daughter to take the items back into the house. Around 3:30 a.m., police were called back to the area in response to a report of an arson. The daughter told police that her mother planned to set the house on fire while still inside.

Police overheard the mother, who was being treated for smoke inhalation, say “let me die” while inside the ambulance, the report said.

Damage from the fire is estimated at $8,000.