Carmel home destroyed by fire

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Carmel - Crews fought a large fire at a home in Hamilton County Friday night.

The fire was first reported to 911 dispatchers around 9 p.m. Friday at a large home on Sedgemoor Circle in Carmel. Fire officials say the fire started in the kitchen side of the house, but they have yet to determine what floor of the home the fire started on.

"It is a very large house and the guys were having a bit of an issue inside, trying to find everything," said Carmel Fire Marshal Bruce Knott. "We had quite a bit of fire in the back of the residence. They've got it put out now and it came through the roof, so there was quite a bit of fire when our guys got here."

Knott said a child in the home heard the alarm system, woke up a parent and the pair was able to make it out of the home safely. They also were able to get the family pet from outside and take shelter from the weather in a neighbor's home.

"There was a big flame coming out of the kitchen window and that's when the fire department showed up," said neighbor Nick Hoetmer.

The home sustained extensive damage in the fire.

"It's probably going to be a pretty good loss at the moment," Knott said.

The Carmel Fire Department was assisted by trucks from Zionsville and Pike Township at the scene. Knott said firefighters also had to use caution around ice that covered the yard and sidewalk.