Five Injured In Indianapolis House Fire

Five people were injured, three critically and one seriously, in a house fire early Monday morning on Indianapolis' south side.

The blaze began just before 4:30 a.m. at the home in the 700 block of East Morris Street, 6News' Julie Pursley reported.

All of the victims, three adults and two children, were taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital. Both of the children are among those listed in critical condition.

Officials said the blaze began on one side of a duplex. A dog woke up the family on the other side of the home and that family got out safely. Firefighters went into the burning home and rescued people who were trapped upstairs.

"There were some windows on the side that they busted out and I saw them carrying some people down," said neighbor Richard Johnson. "One girl that was upstairs they brought out the front door."

Firefighters said they were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which they said began in the kitchen because of either an overloaded power strip or power circuit.

According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

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