Candle left burning leads to house fire

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Fire officials say a candle that was left burning caused a house fire in Fountain Square on Thursday morning.

Firefighters responded to a home in the 900 block of Lexington Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. According to a release, a woman said she had a candle burning next to the bed, and when she woke up, she saw fire.

Officials say the woman attempted to put the fire out, but was unable to because of the smoke. She alerted another individual in the home, and both got out of the house.

Crews with the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived and were able to put the fire out within 25 minutes. One woman inside of the home was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation.

Firefighters would like to remind the public to never leave a burning candle unattended for any reason. If you have a fire, exit the structure immediately and call 911–never try to extinguish the fire on your own.

Damages to the home are estimated at $45,000. Victims Assistance was called for both residents. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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