Tragically, an Indianapolis couple and two of their four children have been pronounced dead after a fire consumed their home on Saturday and the two survivors are critical. Indiana firefighters discovered the family, the two parents and the children, ages 14, 11, 8 and 6, all unconscious still inside the burning home that was located on North Olney Street around 9 a.m.
The father, age 45, and mother, age 35 and two of the children passed away after being taken to the hospital while the other two siblings were both listed in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The couple had two boys and two girls but identities have yet to be revealed to the public.
The blaze was noticed by a motorist going along Interstate 70 which was close to the home. The person dialed called nine-one-one after seeing the fire, stated Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Rita Reith. Follow up emergency calls directed fire crews to where the house was exactly located in one of Indianapolis’ east side neighborhoods. The fire captain added that the two surviving children were in extremely critical condition, and that it had been a terrible morning for the fire department. She stated that Indianapolis firefighters were able to put out the fire in around 10 minutes.
It was also allegedly reported that on one of the emergency calls, a caller had stated hearing people yelling from in the house. It was about the size of a two car garage, but fire investigators are not yet sure what happened inside the home to create the deadly scene. One thing that has been showed up on preliminary inspections of the house is that it had no serviceable smoke detectors inside.
Many questions abound such as if the family was awake, why could they not get out for some reason? Was the fire blocking them from the door and where were they in the home that made it so they could not get out? As of this time, that information has also not been released to the general public.
News of the fatal fire has uprooted the close community, which stated that the young family was well liked. The father was reported to have other family members which lived nearby. It was reported that the entire family enjoyed gardening in warmer weather. One neighbor stated that they were really nice people, a good family. The house was located in a lower income region that had a combination of small, poorly retained homes which had been built close to an industrial park and also Interstate 70, which is a major freeway through the city.
Hours after the blaze was put out, the homes outside showed only a few signs of fire destruction, except for soot which had blackened some of the house’s windows. Fire captain Reith explained that the interior of the home had suffered a lot of blaze devastation.
The couple had been married and the entire family had been living in the home for numerous years, Reith said. An investigation into what had caused the fire was started instantly, Reith added. But she repeated the statement that firefighters had not discovered any signs of working smoke detectors anywhere inside the home. Tragically, an Indianapolis couple and two of their four children have been pronounced dead after a fire consumed their home on Saturday. The two that survived are struggling to survive.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries.
By Kimberly Ruble