Father, son injured in Carmel house fire

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CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — Two people were injured in a house fire in Carmel Thursday morning along the Mohawk Hills Golf Course.

The fire was on Auman Drive East, which is near 126th Street and Keystone Avenue. Fire officials said firefighters pulled the two injured people from the home. Officials say 26-year-old James Shiel was at the hospital Thursday afternoon on life support. Shiel’s 2-year-old son was being treated at Riley Hospital for Children.

Thursday afternoon, officials reported Shiel had died. However, it was later revealed by family members that Shiel was still alive and on life support.

The house fire happened around 6:30 a.m. A neighbor noticed the fire and called 911. Then, another neighbor tried to go inside to get the residents, but was met with significant smoke.

It took firefighters only minutes to put out the fire.

Firefighters later released the cause of the fire as electrical. Investigators believe pinched electrical wires behind a desk may have caused the fire to ignite curtains and it spread through part of the house.

Crews searched the home for smoke detectors but they couldn’t find any in the house.

The Carmel Fire Department and many other fire departments say they give away free smoke detectors to those in need.

“One of the things that concerns me the most is that we have been trying to let people know that smoke detectors are not just for firefighters and their,” said Bruce Knott with the Carmel Fire Department.


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