Teen hurt trying to stomp out flames at house fire

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A 17-year-old was injured in a fire that destroyed a house on the city’s southeast side early Monday.

At 2:48 a.m. fire units were called to the 1100 block of South Drexel Avenue on a report of a house fire. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the house.

Firefighters say a teenager escaped the burning home but was taken the hospital with slight burns to his feet. The teen told investigators he was visiting the home and fell asleep.  He said he awoke to find the couch on fire and tried to stomp the flames out.

The fire quickly grew out of control and he evacuated. The family that lives at the home told firefighters they were away when the fire broke out but noted the wood burning stove was still on when they left at midnight. The residents said electricity to the home was disconnected last week.

Firefighters brought the flames under control within 40 minutes.

The home was declared a total loss. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

A beagle puppy located in a rear dog house was reported to be OK. Firefighters say a second dog, a chihuahua was unaccounted for.

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