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IFD: Friday morning fire destroys garage, leaves 1 critically injured

Early morning fire destroys home, leaves 1 injured

UPDATE: Arson investigators have determined that Friday’s fire was intentionally set. Fire officials identified the victim in critical condition as a 48-year-old man. He was living in the garage-turned-residence with his wife and two children, who were out of time at the time of the fire.

Anyone with information on the Belmont Avenue fire is asked to contact the IFD Fire Investigations office at 317-327-6700, the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.

Callers can remain anonymous and may receive a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man was in critical condition Friday after an early-morning fire destroyed the garage he was using as a residence, the Indianapolis Fire Department said.

Around 3:30 a.m., IFD crews were dispatched to a garage fire on South Belmont Avenue near Howard Street. That’s a neighborhood on the city’s southwest side a few blocks south of Rhodius Park.

Firefighters arrived and found a carport engulfed in flames.

Attached to the carport was a garage that had been turned into a residence, complete with a door and windows.

Once the carport fire was under control, firefighters went into the makeshift residence and found the man unconscious in a bedroom.

IFD says the man received CPR after being rescued. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

No firefighters were injured.

Crews at the scene told News 8 that the structure was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

A carport attached to a garage is consumed by flames on Dec. 8, 2023, in Indianapolis. (Provided Photo/Indianapolis Fire Department)
A home on South Belmont Avenue is a total loss after an early morning fire, Indianapolis firefighters say. (WISH Photo)