INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis firefighter was seriously injured early Friday in a fire that was intentionally set.
Firefighters were called to the 1500 block of Columbia Avenue just before 3:15 a.m. on a report of a fire in a duplex.
The raging fire prompted one firefighter to hit a mayday alarm when his air mask was knocked from his face, causing him to suffer smoke inhalation.
The injured firefighter was pulled out to safety by fellow firefighters. Medics took the firefighter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition.
Fire officials say the firefighter was in a medically-induced coma early Friday. He was identified as Chris McGrone.
The fire caused heavy smoke to drift south and over Interstate 70. The home was not occupied. The flames were brought under control in just over an hour.
The IFD/IMPD fire investigation unit determined the cause of the fire to be arson.
Damage has been estimated at $65,000.
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