Seven escape burning home despite no working smoke detectors

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Indianapolis firefighters say there were no working smoke detectors in a house fire Sunday morning in which seven people narrowly escaped.

Fire crews were dispatched to 2342 Arsenal Avenue at 2:15 a.m. Sunday.  The call came out as a fire with entrapment.  When they arrived on the scene they could see fire and smoke coming from the home.

They also learned that resident, Janice Crain, 43, and all 5 of her adult children had gotten out of the house by the time fire trucks arrived. 

A 19-year-old friend who was staying overnight did sustain a slight shoulder injury that was caused by her jumping from a rear window to safety.  She was transported to Wishard Hospital.

Officials said the fire swept through the home swiftly, but firefighters were able to get it under control in about 35 minutes. 

Officials estimate about $30,000 in damages.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

IFD would like to advise everyone to check your smoke detectors a minimum of twice a year to make sure they operate properly.