Early morning fire displaces family on near east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2015) – Crews from the Indianapolis Fire Department battled a duplex fire that broke out shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday on the near east side.

Dispatchers received several calls from neighbors about the fire in the 100 block of North Sherman Drive.

A resident said she remembered hearing breaking glass but didn’t think much of it and went back to sleep. She woke up later and realized it was a fire.

The family, which included the woman's husband and three children, got out safely and no one was hurt.

“We don’t even have a car right now,” said Shawn Stratton. “We have no clothes, no home and nowhere to go. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Stratton said they don't have insurance and the home is a total loss. Neighbors were trying to help by giving the family blankets and clothes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.