Family of four escapes fire, two cats die

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A family of four escaped their burning home on the southeast side early Thursday.

Two of the family’s five cats did not make it out of the fire.

Fire officials say working smoke detectors in the home alerted the sleeping family to a fire shortly after 2 a.m.

The homeowner, Geoff Wadleigh, told firefighters he was awakened by the smoke detectors to a house full of smoke.

When he went to investigate, he found heavy fire in the garage and quickly evacuated his family and called 911.

17 Indianapolis Fire Department units were called to the burning two story brick home in the 4600 block of April Lane in the Marlin Meadows addition.

Firefighters initially went inside the home to attack the blaze, but as the fire conditions worsened they were ordered out of the house and shifted to a defensive battle of the flames.

The fire was brought under control within one hour and 45 minutes.

The home and three vehicles were destroyed.  Damage has been estimated at $300,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 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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