Morning fire claims one life on Indy’s northeast side, police confirm

Aftermath of North Park Avenue fire which resulted in one death. Photo from IFD

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —  A fire at a residence in the 5400 block of North Park Drive has claimed the life of a 65-year-old man, police confirm.

Ronald Eugene Eden was pronounced dead at the scene.

Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene at 9:42 a.m. Upon arrival, police were unable to access the front door but found the back door to the residence unlocked. Eden was found laying inside the door, according to police officials.

The fire department said the fire was extinguished within six minutes and estimated the cost of damage to the home at around $35,000.

Police said Eden’s family member had discovered the home on fire when they had arrived to visit.

Fire investigators have ruled the fire as accidental with discarded smoking material listed as the probable cause. No working smoke alarms were found in the home, officials reported.