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Woman rescued, family escapes after fire near Fountain Square

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 1, 2014) – Indianapolis Fire Department crews helped a woman to safety while battling a fire Tuesday morning near Fountain Square.

The fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Hoyt Avenue. It started in a garage and spread to the home. A family of five was inside the home when the fire started. Four family members quickly escaped the home and weren’t injured.

Another family member had trouble getting out of her bedroom because of a locked door. She was alert and talking when crews finally helped her out of the home. She was identified as 45-year-old Angie Bedwell.

The woman was listed in serious condition after suffering from smoke inhalation. An ambulance took her to Eskenazi Hospital, where Bedwell was upgraded to good condition.

The family dog also got out safely, family members said.

It took crews about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Investigators are still looking for a cause but said there were working smoke detectors in the home.  However, those smoke detectors did not activate because the smoke and flames had not yet fully reached the house.

Family members and neighbors said they were woken up by a loud boom coming from the garage.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.