IFD responds to 138 Christmas incidents, apartment fire leaves man in critical condition

Firefighter on scene of an apartment fire on Christmas. (Photo: IFD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The Indianapolis Fire Department has been hard at work on Christmas Day.

As of 3 p.m., the department had responded to 138 incidents. All of which, they say could have easily been prevented.

Around 10:18 a.m. on Christmas day, IFD responded to reports of an apartment fire in the 7800 block of Darien Court on the east side.

When crews arrived, they found fire in a first floor apartment.

Investigators say the fire was caused by a child riding a brand new hoverboard. The child lost control, hit the kitchen half-wall which had a burning candle on it. The candle was knocked into a trash bag full of wrapping paper, causing it to set fire.

A candle that was knocked into a trash bad of wrapping paper caused one apartment fire on Christmas. (Photo: IFD)

Thankfully, no one was hurt and the fire did not spread to any neighboring apartments.

Then around 12:10 p.m., IFD crews responded to another apartment fire. This one was on the south side in the 200 block of Lockwood Court.

Dispatch had received multiple calls reporting smoke in the hallway coming from an apartment with someone possibly trapped inside.

Fire crews found found the fire in a first floor apartment, where a victim was located. The adult male was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

Damage from an apartment fire on the south side. (Photo: IFD)

The fire was put under control and did not spread to any other apartments. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but officials believe it may have been an electrical issue.

Both apartment fires had working smoke detectors and no other residents or firefighters were injured.

Additionally, IFD reports one personal injury accident with entrapment, two gas odor related incidents, one water rescue for a bird and 11 kitchen fire related calls. 120 calls were for medical.

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