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Firefighter critically injured fighting suspicious fire in vacant home

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A firefighter was injured early Friday morning at a house fire on the city’s northeast side.

Investigators are now calling that fire arson. Around 3:15 a.m., firefighters were called to the scene of a vacant double residence house fire at the home in the 1500 block of Columbia Ave.

While working to put out the fire inside the house, a firefighter’s regulator mask came off. Other members of the crew helped pull the firefighter from the building.

Chris McGroneThe firefighter, later identified as 38-year-old Private Chris McGrone, was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition.

Doctors placed McGrone on medically-induced coma and is expected to remain in coma for three to five days due to injuries he sustained from smoke inhalation.

The Indianapolis Fire Department said McGrone has been with the department for 13 years and is the father of twin 17 year olds.

Arson investigators urge anyone with information about the fire to call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.

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