Crews battle residence fire on Indy’s east side

(WISH Photo/Jason Harris)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Firefighters were called to the east side of Indianapolis Friday morning to battle a residence fire.

Crews responded shortly after 8 a.m. to the 5000 block of East 34th Street, near North Emerson Avenue.

Officials at the scene say a resident heard his brother yell that he had knocked over his motorcycle on the main level of the home — he had brought it in overnight. The house is a tri-level structure, separated into three residences.

Shortly after beginning their attack on the fire, firefighters say rounds of live ammunition began exploding from the heat. The owner said he kept bullets in the basement. The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes.

Officials later learned the motorcycle mentioned had fallen over and hit a gas can. At the same time, a lit cigarette was dropped and ignited fumes from the fuel.

Everyone who lives in structure escaped without injuries. Two firefighters were slightly hurt while fighting the fire.

Damages to the home are estimated at $50,000 and the cause has been ruled as accidental. Victims Assistance was called to help those displaced by the fire. 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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