IFD firefighter injured overnight in southside house fire

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IFD struggled to gain control of a pesky house fire overnight where one firefighter was slightly injured from a fall through a burned-out floor.

The firefighter was checked out by medics at the scene and released.  Nobody else was hurt as the homeowner was gone when the fire was called out, shortly before 4:00 a.m., after a neighbor spotted smoke.

Fire crews arrived to find fire throughout the two-and-a-half story house in the 1600 block of Barth Avenue near I-65 north of Raymond Street.  

Damage to house, which had no working smoke detectors, was estimated at $75,000.

"The balloon frame construction style of the home kept firefighters working," according to IFD spokesperson Capt. Rita Reith, who said the fire appeared to have started in the basement and quickly traveled up the walls and into the second floor and attic space.

"Spongy floors, burned out stairwells and holes in the floor made work difficult," she said.

Extra companies were called in for added manpower.