IFD battles three house fires overnight; 15 people and 8 dogs displaced, 1 dog killed

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 9, 2014) – The Indianapolis Fire Department battled three house fires overnight that displaced 15 people and eight dogs and killed one dog.

The first fire occurred in the 4000 block of North Edmonson around 12:30 a.m. The fire was under control about 15 minutes later.

A family of five lives in the home with their three dogs, and they all made it out safely. They will stay with relatives.

The second fire occurred around 12:35 a.m. at a duplex in the 1600 block of North Tacoma Avenue.

When fire crews arrived on scene they discovered heavy fire and smoke coming from the home.

Johnny Walker told firefighters he was awakened by his dog Bogey barking. He opened the door to his bedroom and found the hallway full of dark smoke.

He left through a second story window and once he was safe he began yelling at his neighbors to evacuate. Everyone made it out of the home safely except Walker’s dog Bogey.

Investigators discovered that two space heaters running downstairs caused the combustibles to catch fire. Seven people are now displaced and the estimated damage is at $110,000.

IFD was called to a third fire around 1:50 a.m. on the city’s south side in the 900 block of Tulip Drive.

The owner was having electrical issues earlier in the evening, and the power went out shortly before she went to bed.

She awakened to the smell of smoke and safely evacuated with her dog. The damages are estimated at $150,000.