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Family of 4 hospitalized after early morning fire; 2 children leap to safety from second story

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INDIANAPOLIS (February 4, 2016) – A family of four had to escape a house fire on Indy’s near west side.

Crews were called 700 block of North Concord Street just before 4 a.m. Thursday.

Officials say a 32-year-old man, 36-year-old woman and two girls, ages 12 and 13, were inside the home. Crews say the two girls had to jump to safety from a second story window into their step-dad’s arms to escape. The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital to be treated for serious burns.

"Right now we're just thankful that three of them are being checked out and are in good condition, one child is being checked-out and is in serious condition, but with non-life threatening injuries," said IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith.

"I heard the mother yelling, 'My kids! My kids!' But at that time I couldn't see if anyone was in there," said next door neighbor Kristy Johnson.

"A cop told me that everyone was safe, so that made me feel better. I know that house is a total loss and this is not the best neighborhood in this area, but that was their home, so now they have to start from scratch. Hopefully they can get the help they need," Johnson said."

The family told firefighters that there were working smoke detectors in the home, but the detectors weren't activated. A family dog escaped, but officials say five pit bull puppies did not make it out of the fire.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but IFD investigators said it appeared to be accidental in nature.

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