IFD investigating near west side arson fire

Photo of a West Washington and Addison streets fire. (Provided Photo/IFD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An arson investigation is underway following a near west side fire, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Just before 7:30 a.m., crews were called to a fire with possible entrapment in the area of West Washington and Addison streets.

Upon arrival, firefighters witnessed heavy smoke and fire showing from the structure. The fire, which started on a vacant two-story structure, then moved to an occupied home to the east.

With more than 20 IFD units, 6 Wayne Township Fire Department units and a Decatur Township Fire units on the scene, crews were able to get the fires in both the original vacant structure and the second structure under control around 8:30 a.m.

Police said there were no injuries. However, investigators have determined the fire was intentionally set. A property damage estimate was not provided.

IFD said neighbors witnessed squatters going in and out of the vacant structures in this part of Washington Street.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.