Fire investigators finally able to contact family that lived in home that burned down

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Fire crews from the Indianapolis Fire Department headed to the scene of a residential fire on the city’s east side early Tuesday morning.

They arrived at the 100 block of North Denny Street around 4:15 a.m.

Three houses were caught up in the fire, including one house that is a total loss. The house collapsed in the flames.

Neighbors said a family had been living in the home that burned down, but had recently moved out. One witness told investigators she saw the man of that family go back inside the house early Tuesday morning just before the fire broke out. She said she didn’t see him leave.

Officer Rita Burris with IFD said after a couple of hours, investigators were able to get in touch with that family. They had been staying in a hotel at the time of the fire. All four family members were together and away from the home.

Burris said there will still be a search of the house and property but crews won’t be able to begin digging through the rubble that sits where the house did because until it cools down and is deemed safe.

The two neighboring houses have a bout 20,000 and 30,000 dollars in damage.

“A blaze, a bright light and a blaze. Then I knew something. I smelled the smoke and I called 911,” said Carmel Buckner who lives in one of the damaged homes.

Investigators said it was too early to determine a cause as of Tuesday morning.

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