Fire Chief: Overnight Lebanon house fire was intentionally set

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Fire Chief Jason Lee says an overnight fire that injured two people was intentionally set. 

A man and his wife were taken to Witham Hospital after that house fire in the 500 block of East Noble Street early Wednesday morning.

Lebanon Police spokesman Brent Wheat said just after 10:30 Tuesday night, officers were called to the house by 45-year-old Shawn Lambert, who reported his wife, 58-year-old Dorothy Lambert, was missing. She later arrived when police were at the house and officers left.

Then, just after 1:00 a.m., the Lebanon Fire Department says a fire call came from a neighbor's house, initiated by Dorothy Lambert. Shawn and Dorothy Lambert were at the house when fire crews arrived. She was found conscious in the yard.  Shawn Lambert was found unconscious, inside the back door of the home.

Both were taken to Witham Hospital in Lebanon, but Shawn Lambert was later transferred Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. He was last listed in critical condition from smoke inhalation, minor burns and possible internal injuries from inhaling gasses from the fire.

Firefighters from Lebanon, with assistance of Zionsville and Center Township fire departments, needed approximately 25 minutes to gain control of the fire.

Lee said the State Fire Marshal is assisting in the investigation.