Indianapolis Firefighter Burned Battling Blaze


An Indianapolis firefighter was hurt while battling a blaze Friday morning on the city's east side.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 2600 block of Southeastern Avenue just after 9:30 a.m.

The injured firefighter, whose identity wasn't released, was burned when he went into the house, encountering a forceful blast of flames.

"The injuries included small areas of second-degree burns to his hands, face, knee and shoulders, with one hand sustaining a more serious burn that the other and an ankle injury," said Indianapolis fire Capt. Rita Burris.

The firefighter was treated at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

The fire at the vacant home was doused in about 15 minutes, but neighbors think trespassers might have been inside when it began.

Damage to the home was estimated at $50,000. It was the second fire at the same home within a few weeks.

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