IFD: Second fire at west side building caused $300,000 in damage

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 9, 2014) – Indianapolis Fire Department crews battled a large fire on the west side Thursday morning.

Firefighters were called to the 300 block of North Holmes Avenue just after 6:30 a.m.  When they arrived on the scene, they found a vacant structure engulfed in heavy fire. Crews had it under control around 9:15 a.m.

Neighbors told firefighters that vandals have recently made repeated entrance to the building, which has been vacant for about four years after serving as a nursing home.

In fact, this is the second time in less than 12 hours that firefighters have responded to this property.  Crews had been called to the area at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

At this point, investigators do not believe the Thursday fire is a rekindling of the Wednesday fire, but they have not ruled out a relation between the two incidents.

IFD told FOX59 that one firefighter suffered a slight injury during the Wednesday incident.  No injuries were reported Thursday.

Wednesday’s damage to the building was estimated at $20,000. IFD estimated the damage for Thursday’s fire at $300,000. The case remains under investigation.