INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Fire Department officials said three people were injured, two critically, after a fire at a home on the city’s south side.
IFD said neighbors called the fire into 911 around 8:28 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived, they found several people injured in the front yard of a home in the 2700 block of Duane Drive, near Roncolli High School.
IFD said the three victims were taken to Eskenazi Health. One was in “very critical” condition, another person was in critical condition and the third was taken to the hospital in good condition.
The victims included a 77-year-old sister and her 82-year-old brother. Both of them were in wheelchairs, according to officials. A 51-year-old man was also injured.
Firefighters said the 51-year-old tried to get the elderly siblings out of the home, but wasn’t able to. Firefighters later got the 77-year-old woman out.
Officials said discarded smoking materials started the fire.
Neighbors told IFD that all three of the victims had lived in the home for about eight years.
About 13 IFD units and two Beech Grove units responded to the scene. IFD estimated the home’s damage at about $225,000.