Two people found dead in house fire on city’s west side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Firefighters are currently investigating an early morning house fire on the city's west side in the 600 block of Leclede Street, just north of Washington Street.

The Sunday morning incident was reported just about 6: 00 a.m. and was first called out as a fire at a vacant home.

Upon arrival and extinguishing the fire, officials discovered a man and woman deceased inside the home.

"There had been squatters living in there at different times. As the crews brought the fire under control, they were searching they did locate two individuals in the home that were deceased," said Wayne Township Fire Department Captain Michael Pruitt.

Pruitt said the fire was ruled accidental from possible careless smoking. The cause of death is still under investigation.

Officials say it took investigators about 20 minutes to get the fire under control. They say some hoarding inside the home made it difficult for some firefighters to maneuver. However, the fire did not spread to any nearby homes.

"We have our fire investigators from Wayne Township, IMPD, and Indiana State Fire Marshalls Office all here on the scene working together to come up with a cause and how these individuals died in the home," said Pruitt.

Officials say Wayne Township Firefighter was also treated at the scene for minor injuries.

It is still unclear if the two died from the fire and how the fire started. This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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