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Firefighters respond to house fire on near east side; smoke visible for miles

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis Fire Department crews responded to a house fire Friday morning.

A plume of billowing smoke could be seen for miles. Flames were still visible when crews arrived in the 200 block of South Sherman Drive.

The call originally came in as a double residence fire around 6:30 a.m. According to crews at the scene, the home was mostly gone and firefighters were putting out hot spots. Neighboring homes suffered damage to the siding due to intense heat from the fire.

IFD said the building appeared to be under construction and no one was home. There were no injuries reported.

A neighbor said the building was being converted from a double residence to a single home. People were just at the house Thursday planting flowers. A neighbor reported hearing a pop and alerting IFD about the fire.

The home collapsed when crews arrived, according to IFD. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

Not far away, crews were called to a second fire in the 3800 block of East Michigan Street just after 7 a.m. The call originally came out as a working fire with possible entrapment.

IFD said the home damaged in the Michigan Street fire was empty. People in nearby homes were evacuated. No residents were hurt, but IFD said a firefighter suffered a slight injury. Damage from that fire was estimated at $30,000. IFD said a furnace in the basement caught fire.