Man critically injured in fire following domestic dispute

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LEBANON, IND. — Two Lebanon residents are in the hospital after an early morning fire.

Lebanon and Zionsville firefighters responded to the 500 block of E. Noble Street around 1 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found fire coming from the home and a woman, identified as Dorothy Lambert, lying in the front lawn.

Firefighters learned there was another person, a male identified as Shawn Lambert, trapped in the rear of the home. Firefighters quickly entered the home, found the unconscious man and pulled him from the home.

Medics transported both occupants to Witham Hospital. Shawn Lambert was transferred to Wishard Hospital in critical condition.  The couple’s dog was killed in the blaze.

During an investigation, Lebanon police believe the fire was deliberately set in the living room as part of a domestic argument that got out of control.

Police said the Lamberts had domestic disturbance calls to their home for years, including one response Tuesday.

Medics treated two Lebanon police officers for minor smoke inhalation.  

Damage to the home is estimated at $40,000. The Indiana State Fire Marshal is assisting in the investigation.

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