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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 23, 2014) – A fire on the city’s near southeast side destroyed two houses and damaged a third home Tuesday morning.

Indianapolis Fire Department crews were called to the scene of a fully involved vacant house fire near the intersection of Trowbridge and Prospect streets around 4:45 a.m.

IFD was forced to call for additional help, and entered a defensive attack only. It took firefighters more than 40 minutes to get the fire under control.

A neighbor reported hearing a crackling noise early Tuesday morning and saw a home across the street in flames. He ran to alert the family at a neighboring home at 1121 Trowbridge. The home had working smoke detectors, but they hadn’t gone off yet. The family was able to get safely out of the house, which sustained significant damage from the fire.

The home where the fire started is a total loss, and a third home was damaged. Investigators estimated the damage for all three homes at $95,000.

IFD said the proximity of the homes as well as fences and foliage posed challenges for fire crews.

The family of five has been displaced from their home. IFD Victims Assistance and the Red Cross are working to help the family find a place to stay.