Two confirmed dead in west side house fire

Firefighters found a man and woman dead inside a vacant house on Laclede St. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Courtesy Wayne Twp Fire Dept./Twitter)
Two dead in vacant house fire
Firefighters find 2 dead in house
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Wayne Township Fire Department found two people dead while battling a Sunday morning house fire on the west side of Indianapolis.

The fire located in the 600 block of Laclede Street was called in by a neighbor at 5:40 a.m. with crews from Speedway and Decatur Township assisting Wayne Township.

A search of the house found a dead man inside, then firefighters also located a woman as their search continued. They have not been identified, but both are described as adults.


The home was reported as vacant with squatters possibly living there. Fire Investigators and Indianapolis Metro Police are working at the scene, along with the State Fire Marshal.


One WTFD firefighter sustained minor burns and taken to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment.

According to WTFD PIO Mike Pruitt, the fire has been ruled "accidental from possible careless smoking."

The cause of death is still under investigation by the Marion County Coroners Office.