Man in serious condition after generator starts house fire

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Courtesy: IFD

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 8, 2015) — A fire on the near west side of Indianapolis leaves a man in serious condition Saturday night.

Fire crews with the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to the fire in the 800 block of Coffey Street shortly after 11 p.m.

Upon arrival they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the two-story building.  A 65-year-old man was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to Eskenazi Hospital. He was last listed in serious condition.

IFD estimates the damages at $35,000.  According to fire investigators, the fire was started from the improper use of a generator.  The 65-year-old man and another man were apparently working to renovate the unoccupied house. The generator had been running on the second floor of the building all day. They were filling up the generator with gasoline when a fire started and set nearby combustibles on fire. The two men tried to extinguish the blaze, but were unsuccessful and ended up evacuating.

The Indianapolis Fire Department would like to remind residents to keep generators outside of an enclosed space, and substitute gas powered equipment for electric when working indoors.

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