Deadly fire prompts IFD’s fire safety open house

Survive Alive house (Provided Photo/ IFD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Last month’s tragic house fire that killed an entire Indianapolis family is making a difference to others.

Fire officials with IFD say about 10 people turned out Saturday for the “Survive Alive” open house at the Firefighters Local 416 Union Hall on Mass Ave.

The open house was scheduled after the February 22 fire that killed six members of the Guerra family.

The event provided information about home and family fire safety, as well as evacuation planning. Those who attended the event watched a video on fire safety and took part in a question and answer session.

Janie Holly, who lost her four sons in a house fire in 1996 spoke about why smoke detectors, education and family planning are important.

“Fires can happen to anyone and change your life in an instant,” Holly said.

The Survive Alive house is open year round Monday through Friday and is free and open to the general public via an appointment. Locals are asked to call 317-327-6707 for more information. 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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