3 firefighters injured while battling fire at vacant home on city’s near west side


Crews at scene on November 17, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three firefighters were injured while battling a house fire on the near west side.

A home in the 200 block of South Warman Avenue caught fire. Flames and smoke were seen coming from the building.

According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, the call came in around 6 a.m. One firefighter fell from the second floor into the basement while a second fell from the first floor into the basement.

A third firefighter was hit in the head, knocking off his helmet and mask. Battalion Chief Rita Reith said all three firefighters were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital as a precaution after complaining of pain.

The home was vacant. Crews have the fire under control and were working to put out hot spots, Reith said.

Since Nov. 1, IFD said firefighters have battled 27 structure fires. Of those, 13 involved vacant structures, including Friday morning’s. IFD urges neighbors to continue keep an eye on their community and report any suspicious behavior to IMPD when it comes to squatters or trespassers.

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