Investigators working to find cause of fatal house fire Thursday morning

IFD crews work a house fire on Orange Street, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Photo: WTHR/Bill Reilly)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Police and fire investigators are working to figure out how a fire started in a home Thursday morning, killing a 60-year-old man.

Indianapolis Fire Department crews responded to the fire on Orange Street near South Alabama Street just after 9 a.m.

IFD Public Information Officer Rita Reith said crews found the man who died in the fire "within seconds" of entering the home.

There were two other people in the home when the fire broke out. Both got out safely. Medics transported the man's 84-year-old mother to the hospital to get checked out. The other person inside the home, the man's 61-year-old sister, was treated on the scene. An 11-year-old who lives at the home was at school.

There were no working smoke alarms in the home. The woman who was treated on the scene told firefighters they had planned to install smoke alarms in the rented home today.

This is the second deadly house fire this week with no working smoke detectors. There have been five fire fire fatalities in 2019 now in Marion County.

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