Strong winds cause problems for crews battling fire on Indy’s west side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Strong winds caused problems for crews battling a house fire on the west side of Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon.

The Wayne Township Fire Department was called to a home in the 2200 block of Gradison Drive at around 1 p.m. Two adults and four dogs made it safely out of the home.

One resident said he heard crackling, opened a door inside of the home, and saw flames.

Wayne Township crews were assisted by the Speedway Fire Department, and it took about 25 minutes to get the fire under control due to the strong winds.

"The wind was not helping any," said Capt. Mike Pruitt, from the Wayne Township Fire Department. " We had a really strong wind blowing in here. It was very evident by watching this fire and some of the adjacent homes did receive some damage to the exterior."

Officials said Wayne Township Trustee Andy Harris, who was providing victims assistance, was injured and evaluated at the scene after being struck in the head by a fire hose failure.

Damage to the home is estimated at $250,000.

"They have a lot of memories in there," said neighbor Christopher Akinyemi. "It’s so sad  to see that all gone. But, it’s a blessing they’re still here."