Thanksgiving night fire destroys vacant south side home

(Provided Photo/Indianapolis Fire Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Heavy fire caused $80,000 in damage to a vacant home on the south side of Indianapolis late Thanksgiving night.

Firefighters responded to East Regent Street shortly before 11 p.m. after getting several 911 calls about a fire on the street.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the flames under control. Investigators spoke with neighbors in the area, who say the home has been the target of squatters who trespass on the boarded up property.

Officials aren’t sure how the fire started, but encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity in the area to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS or Text Tips to 274627.

Investigators say the cold weather may cause people seeking shelter to go inside vacant homes, but officials say the structures may not be secure or safe to go inside.

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