News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 20, 2013

2 children reported dead from Indianapolis fire


Associated Press

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say some autistic children lived in the Indianapolis condominium unit where a fire has killed two children.

Indianapolis Fire Department spokesman Jason Kistler says a woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition from the blaze this morning in the community of Cumberland on the city’s east side. Two men and a boy went to hospitals in stable condition.

Cumberland police chief Michael Crooke tells WRTV that at least two autistic children lived at the condominium and their mother had said one of them would sometimes remove face plates from electrical outlets.

The fire burned through an upstairs wall of the two-story building and firefighters cut several holes through the roof. Crews were able to extinguish the fire within about a half hour.

— Associated Press