INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Firefighters battled a fatal house fire Thursday evening on the city's east side.
Crews were called to the scene in the 1800 block of Quiet Haven Circle around 6 p.m.
Around 7:20 p.m., the Indianapolis Fire Department said fire was under control and under investigation. Two houses were affected by the fire.
Abraham Lowe, 15, died in the fire. He had used a wheelchair since birth and is not mobile on his own. Officials said he was in 9th grade at Warren Central High School.
The victim's cousin, 39-year-old Elijah Turner, was able to escape. He was taken to Eskenazi Health to be checked out for smoke inhalation.
Turner told firefighters he and Lowe were home when the fire broke out in the kitchen area near the stove. Turner went to the garage to get a bucket for water and was quickly pushed back by the heat and flames.
He evacuated but was unable to reach his cousin.
The homeowner said the smoke detectors were working, but Turner indicated none had gone off when he evacuated. The homeowner does have insurance.
IFD says this is their fourth fatal fire of the year for this district.
Counselors will be available at WCHS Friday for anyone who needs counseling. The school released the following statement:
The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Abraham Lowe, a student at Warren Central High School.
Abraham held a special place in the hearts and minds of Warren faculty and students alike and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
District counselors have met with students who knew Abraham and are providing emotional assistance during this difficult time.
IFD estimated the total damage from the fire between the two residences at $350,000. No one was home at the other affected home during the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.