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Indianapolis Firefighters Battle Fire in Vacant House

Fire erupts from the upper part of a home in Indianapolis as Indy fire trucks are staged outside

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Photos by Rita Reith

Indianapolis firefighters responded Monday to a fire in a vacant dwelling with a reported entrapment.

Fire crews commenced an initial aggressive interior attack but found no entrapment. Neighbors told firefighters that a male “occupant” was seen leaving the scene shortly before the fire broke out.

The basement of the dwelling was fully involved, so command ultimately ordered all firefighters out of the basement and, finally, the structure and adopted a defensive posture until it was deemed safe for crews to reenter.

A fire occurred in the same structure on December 26, 2016, and it has been vacant ever since. Neighbors reported a person living in the structure off and on.

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