Indianapolis firefighters at the scene of a fire on W. 29th Street.
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IFD Battles Two Fires Within Four Hours, Four Homes Destroyed

INDIANAPOLIS — Firefighters are investigating after four homes were destroyed by fire on Thursday morning. At least three of the homes were being renovated. All of them were unoccupied.

Firefighters were called to two side-by-side homes at 862 W. 29th Street just after midnight, according to Indianapolis Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Rita Reith. It took firefighters about half an hour to put out the fires. Neighbors on either side of the burning houses were able to escape and were not hurt.

Three firefighters were slightly injured and were taken to the hospital, where they were checked out and released.

“One was a cut. One of them had some drywall fall on his head, and then the other one was dehydration,” said Reith.

Shortly before 5 a.m., firefighters responded to a second fire involving two homes under renovation at 1210 and 1212 29th Street. That’s just a few blocks away from the morning’s first fire.

No one was hurt in the fires.

At least one of the homes in the earlier fire was also being renovated.

Reith said investigators had begun their work. She was asked whether arson was suspected.

“We don’t have that information as of yet,” she said. “The second set of fires, given the collapse and the instability of the structure, I don’t know how quickly they’re gonna be able to get through with their investigation.”

She said most of their info was coming from neighbors.

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