INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Emergency crews were called to the west side of Indianapolis Thursday to battle an early morning fire.
Firefighters were dispatched around 3:45 a.m. to the 700 block of North Concord Street. This is near West 10th Street and North Tibbs Avenue.
The Speedway Fire Department said they were assisting the Indianapolis Fire Department with the house fire. Initial reports from neighbors were that people in the home were trapped, but firefighters said that’s because they were unaware the family had escaped.
According to officials, two children — ages 12 and 13 — jumped from the second story of the house. Their father caught them. One of the children suffered serious injuries, but it’s unclear if their injuries were from the jump or from the fire.
The father told firefighters that he work up to find heavy smoke inside the home. He alerted his wife and step-daughters to get out. He and his wife were able to get out of the back door. While the two girls had to jump from a window on the second story.
Firefighters said all four occupants were taken to the hospital. On Thursday afternoon IFD officials said the father and mother had been released from the hospital. The 12-year-old was still at the hospital in good condition and the 13-year-old was listed in serious condition. Her injuries were not believed to life threatening.
The family added five puppies that were unaccounted for after the fire. One dog made it out OK.
IFD says they believe the fire to be accidental. An exact cause was not clear.