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IFD firefighter injured after falling through porch roof while battling south side house fire

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis Fire Department firefighter was injured after responding to a house fire on the near south side early Thursday morning.

According to IFD, 45-year-old Captain Brian T. White was on a porch roof removing exterior siding from the second story when the roof gave way, causing him to fall 10 feet and land on his head.

Captain Brian T. White

The firefighter, a 22-year veteran, was taken in serious condition to IU Health Methodist Hospital. He has since stabilized and is alert and talking, IFD said.

IFD crews were called to the home in the 1400 block of Charles Street just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire. It took them about 35 minutes to get the fire under control.

The home was vacant. Some of the flames also spread to the home next door. Damage overall is estimated at $30,000.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.