Mother, two adult sons die in northeast side fire

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An elderly woman and her two adult sons are dead after one of their brothers tried unsuccessfully to rescue the family from pre-dawn flames on the city’s northeast side.

“He just came home and saw something didn’t look right and he just went in and saved his brothers and family,” said neighbor Andrew Lacava in the 6300 block of Allisonville Road. “He tried to do the best he could. He was very distraught and he pulled his brother and he tried to pull his mom out by putting his life in danger. I can’t imagine the way it looks over there he was going in there.”

The survivor called 911 at 4:45 a.m. to report flames in the living room. When Indianapolis firefighters arrived, it took about 20 minutes to battle the blaze while crews brought the victims out.

The men died at the scene. Their mother was pronounced dead at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

Lacava said the men lived at home with their mother when times got tough.

“They always knew they had a soft place to land,” he said. “She’d take care of them. She was a pretty strong woman so they were her boys. They were her responsibility. She was going to take care of them no matter the situation apparently.”

The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

Damages are listed at $175,000.