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Man dies after house fire on Indy's east side

IFD said the fire was reported in the 3600 block of North Wittfield Street around 12 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — A man is dead after Indianapolis firefighters pulled him from a burning house Thursday afternoon.

IFD said they received multiple calls of a house fire at 3604 Wittfield St. shortly before noon. When crews arrived, there was heavy fire showing and firefighters found 64-year-old Willie Harris inside.

Medics started CPR on him and he was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. Harris was later pronounced dead at the hospital, shortly before 1 p.m.

Neighbors reported hearing several booms before the fire. 911 callers also reported seeing power lines down, but utility crews did not discover outages at any nearby homes in the area.

Fire investigators identified unattended cooking on the stove as the cause of the fire. It's unclear if there were working fire alarms in the home.

The incident marks the fourth fatal fire in IFD's service district in 2022.


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