Father, son injured in Carmel house fire

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Carmel firefighters battled a house fire Thursday morning near the Mohawk Hills Golf Course that has left one man on life support and his young son hospitalized.

Fire crews got the call around 6:30 Thursday morning about a fire along Auman Drive East, which is near 126th Street and Rangeline Road, near the Mohawk Hills Golf Course.

The Carmel Fire Department says James Shiel, 26, is on life support due to injuries he suffered in the fire. His two-year-old son remains hospitalized at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

The department initially told Eyewitness News Shiel died Thursday afternoon, but retracted that statement later in the evening.

"The Carmel Fire Department received conflicting information from the Marion County Coroner's Office that led to a report of the death of fire victim James Shiel. Mr. Shiel is on life support at this time, according to family. The City of Carmel apologizes to the family for any hardship this may have caused," the city wrote.

Investigators say a neighbor saw the flames and came rushing over to help and tried to knock down the front door but he was overcome with smoke. He then moved over to a window to try to get inside to rescue the people inside the one-story home.

"I've been watching TV real close to see if they'd say anything about him," said neighbor Tom Sanders.

Concerned neighbors tried Thursday morning to find out how the two people are doing, but investigators released little information until the note of Shiel's condition.

"We've got some notifications to make to other family members to make sure they are aware something has happened," Bruce Knott with the Carmel Fire Department.

In the meantime, neighbors are just hoping for the best for the family they say moved in about a year ago.

"He kept to himself, he'd walk up and down the street and walk with his little boy," Sanders said.

Firefighters say a woman went to her car around 6:30 Thursday morning when she noticed the flames.

She called 911, while a second neighbor tried to get inside.

Without their heroic efforts, the outcome could have been much different.

"We don't hear any smoke detectors so we will be checking that. That is one of our main priorities as fire prevention and we hope they are in there but we don't hear them right now," said Knott.

A pet dog did pass away in the fire.

While the fire appears to have started in the front corner of the home, the cause remains under investigation.