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Child Killed in Westside Apartment Fire

12/8/2012


1833 W. Washington St. (photo courtesy IFD)

An apartment fire claimed the life of a 7-year-old child early Saturday morning and sent six others to the hospital, including an Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) firefighter.

IFD officials say 16 people were inside the apartment complex at 1833 West Washington Street when fire started around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Four people were forced to jump out windows to escape the flames. Officials say a 7-year-old boy died after being trapped on the second floor. His parents told first responders they managed to jump from a second story window, but because of heavy smoke and heat, they weren't able to get the boy out. A one year-old child originally believed to be trapped in the building was found with her mother, safe outside after firefighters made their initial search. 

Crews had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. A total of five residents were taken to local hospitals to be checked out for minor injuries. A firefighter was treated for steam burns to the face and legs.

Officials say the building had no working smoke detectors. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A local fire rescue organization is stepping in to help cover the funeral costs for the family of the 7 year-old victim.

Indy Fire Rescue House is a local non-profit dedicated to helping families displaced by fire and is funded soley by public donations. If you'd like to make a donation you can do it here by visiting http://www.indyfrh.org/Donate.html#.UMNZSlbd6So.

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