INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indiana Fire Marshal released alarming numbers Wednesday that show twice the number people have been killed in fires so far this year than in all of 2012 combined.
Fire Marshal Jim Greesin said 55 lives have been lost so far this year, many due to either non-working, or no smoke alarms at all, compared to 46 for all of 2012.
Seven of those are from Marion County alone.
Greeson said working smoke alarms can double the chances of surviving a residence fire. Greeson said it is not only crucial — it is the law — to have a working smoke alarm in every home.
"A lot of people think it won't happen to them. It's down the street or in the neighborhood across town," said Greeson. "We want to make sure you have that smoke alarm in your house to get out safely in the event of the fire."
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has applied for a $300,000 grant to be able to hand out smoke detectors for free to any family who can't afford one.
In Indianapolis, anyone may pick up a free smoke detector at any Indianapolis Fire Department fire station.
Police were searching for suspects early Saturday morning in connection to a burglary that occurred on the city's north side.
Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at Indiana state facilities be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Dec. 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Indiana University faculty are expressing concern over legislative requirements that colleges develop road maps to degree completion and create common curricula and standards to make general education classes transferable.