By Michael Henrich
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 30, 2014) – A man and two teenagers suffered injuries from smoke inhalation after a fire on the city’s north side Tuesday morning.
Crews responded to the 4600 block of Carrollton Avenue around 2:35 a.m.
When firefighters arrived, the flames were visible and they declared it a working residence fire.
Indianapolis Fire Department told FOX59 News that three people were in the house: one adult male and two male teenagers.
"The gentleman tried to put the fire out before he evacuated," said IFD Captain Rita Reith. "That's part of our messaging: when you have a fire, just simply evacuate the structure and let the firefighters get in there and do their job. Don't try to put the fire out yourself."
The adult was transported to Eskenazi Hospital for significant smoke inhalation in serious condition. He was later upgraded to good condition.
The two teens were transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health for minor smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigators said they believe the point of origin is one of the teenager's bedrooms.
"The fire appears to have started in the juvenile's bedroom, so we're approaching it from the standpoint that it may have been a juvenile playing with something in their bedroom, but we really don't know," said Reith.
A woman and another teen who live there were not home at the time of the fire, but arrived home to find firefighters putting out the flames.
IFD said the home's damage will cost about $35,000 to repair and the homeowner does not have insurance.
Firefighters believe a working smoke detector alerted the residents to what was taking place and likely saved their lives.