Neighbors alert 4 residents to west side house fire

Elder Avenue Fire
Flames engulf a roof during house fire. (WISH Photo/Logan Skidmore)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Fire Department crews battled a house fire on the city’s west side Sunday night.

The fire started in a home in the 100 block of Elder Avenue just before 7 p.m. Heavy fire could be seen coming from the roof.

According to Captain Rita Reith, four people lived inside the rental home. Neighbors kicked in the front door to alert the family to the fire coming from the roof. Everyone, including two dogs made it out of the home safely.

Firefighters ran into some trouble when a fire hydrant froze. The hydrant was quickly fixed.

Wayne Township Fire Department also responded to the scene after IFD called for extra companies to assist.

Reith said the fire was possibly an electrical fire.Damage was estimated around $45,000. 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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