INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A family of four is without a home Monday after a house fire on the southeast side of Indianapolis.
The fire occurred on Danube Street, near Troy Avenue, around 10:30 p.m Sunday.
The Indianapolis Fire Department said two kids and two adults escaped from the house before crews arrived.
15 units responded to the scene, including two from Beech Grove.
The fire was under control around 11 p.m.
Dispatch received calls from 14 different people in the area, and many of those callers reported that it sounded like an explosion.
Understandably, the family did not want to go on camera. We were told they were watching TV when the alarm went off, so they ran outside.
At night, it was difficult to see the damage. On Monday afternoon, you could see the second floor gutted and a side of the home missing. The fire even melted part of the house next door.
A restoration crew is working on the home next door. The four people who live in that home were evacuated as well. Two of them are 2-year-old twins.
“The little damage and displacement we have suffered is minor compared to what they have gone through,” said Christopher Bailey.
Bailey lives at the house next door. He was grateful the family is safe, especially after many people on the block heard the explosion.
“As fast as the fire grew, it tripled in size from when we first saw it and getting out of the house in two minutes,” he said.
Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire. They believe the explosion neighbors heard came from a propane cylinder catching fire.
“They were an emotional wreck. Just looking at their lives literally going up in flames. This is everything we own is just burning in front of our eyes,” said Tia Fowler, a neighbor.
Fowler said her kids went over to the house a few times to play. She could not imagine going through this around the holidays.
“I just hope everything works out, and I hope things get replaced and 10 times over,” she said.
Firefighters said the home did have working smoke detectors. Bailey believes that saved everyone’s life.
“Absolutely. I think if it took any longer, it could have been a lot worse for them,” he said.
The community is collecting donations for the family. Monetary, clothing, personal items can be dropped off at the Advanced Limousine on Southeastern Avenue.
Clothing sizes: women’s XL and shoe size is 7.5. Men’s 2X, pants 38/34 and shoes 11-11.5. Boy’s 10/12 and shoes 4.5.