By Rita Reith
Two people escaped uninjured after their Indianapolis (IN) home caught fire, forcing them out into the cold on Friday.
A resident told firefighters that he was in the kitchen when he heard a whooshing noise coming from the area of the water heater. Upon investigation he found fire and yelled for his wife to leave.
When firefighters arrived they found the wife in the front yard and upon entering the house they found her husband on his way out the door. Firefighters assisted him along with his wife to awaiting medics.
Firefighters found heavy smoke and fire showing from the 1 1/2-story wood frame residence. Crews conducted an offensive interior attack using three handlines and two supply lines.
Heavy fire tore through the home as firefighters gained access and began to extinguish the flames. Firefighters’ attack on the fire was made more difficult by the layout and design of the home. The fire traveled quickly from the first floor up to the attic and through interior void spaces. Firefighters gained control of the fire in about an hour.
Occupants were unclear whether smoke detectors activated. There were no firefighter injuries.
The family will be in the care of relatives.
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