Indy Firefighter Suffers Steam Burns Battling Blaze

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four house fires kept Indianapolis Fire Department crews busy early Thursday.

About 2:15 a.m., IFD firefighters were dispatched to the 4400 block of Caroline Avenue on reports of a structure fire.

When crews arrived, they found flames shooting from a one-story home. As crews worked to gain control of the blaze, the flames spread to another vacant home next door.

The fire heavily damaged both homes, and officials said they were a total loss. No injuries were reported.

Less than an hour later, crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of North Keystone Avenue on reports of another vacant house fire.

As IFD crews worked to put out the flames, one firefighter suffered second-degree steam burns to his legs, officials said. He was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital in good condition.

As crews prepared to leave the scene at about 4:15 a.m., they were notified about a fourth house fire on the city’s south side in the 700 block of Parkway Avenue.

Investigators said the home was occupied, but the homeowner was not there when the fire sparked.

IFD Capt. Rita Burris said she believed the source of the fire was electrical.

Crews battled the blaze for nearly 25 minutes before gaining control.

No injuries were reported.

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