Family escapes east side house fire

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A family was able to escape a fire on the city's east side Monday.

The fire broke out in a duplex in the 3000 block of East Michigan Street at around 10:00 am.

Firefighters say they battled heavy fire and smoke in the two-story home. They had the blaze under control in 20 minutes.

A family of five, including two young children, were inside at the time of the fire, but everyone was able to get out.

"I seen the older lady jump out the two-story window down to the ground so I ran over to ask if anyone else was inside and she said her grandkids. So I went up to the front door and the flames were so bad I could not go around to the front. The kids had run the out back door. I guess the window where the kids were was on fire, too," said Robert Miller, neighbor.

The family was taken to the hospital to be checked for minor injuries.

The fire is still under investigation. Officials say there were not any working smoke detectors in the home.

Three adults and two children who lived in the apartment on the east side of the home were taken to Wishard Hospital to be checked out for minor injuries. The apartment on the other side of the home is vacant.

The fire caused about $65,000 in damage.