Firefighter hurt battling duplex fire

Roache St. Fire 6

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis firefighter was slightly injured battling a fire in a duplex early Friday morning.

The fire call to the 800 block of Roache Street came in at 3:21 a.m. That scene is near West 26th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. When fire crews arrived, they found the structure fully engulfed with flames shooting through the roof.

Firefighters made entry to search the residence but had to pull out just before the roof collapsed. One firefighter suffered a hand injury and was taken to IU Health Methodist hospital for X rays.

The double residence was vacant and apparently up for sale. Investigators believe the fire may have been started by squatters. The fire is believed to have started in the back of the residence and spread throughout the house.

Firefighters said they were delayed in getting water on the flames because of a malfunctioning hydrant. The blaze was brought under control in just over an hour. A neighbors house was slightly damaged as well.

Damage is estimated at $85,000.

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