Woman dies in south side residence fire

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman using an in-home oxygen system died early Wednesday in a fire on the city’s south side.

It happened in the 1000 block of Amesbury Ct., where firefighters were called about 1:30 a.m. They discovered one woman who had escaped from the home.

Another unidentified woman was found inside. The 54-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. She may have been smoking while using the oxygen tank, according to an Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Indianapolis Fire Department said the other occupant heard a popping noise and tried unsuccessfully to help the woman.

Damage to the home was estimated at about $75,000. The residence was equipped with working smoke detectors.

According to IFD, this is the 26th structure fire in Indianapolis this month. This the second fire fatality in the IFD Service District this year.