17-year-old jumps from second floor to escape house fire on west side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Several departments responded Friday morning to a house fire on the west side.

According to the Wayne Township Fire Department, two people escaped from the burning home on Southernwood Lane. One of them, a 17-year-old male, jumped from a second-floor window to reach safety. An older male ran outside and tried to catch the teen, officials said.

“One of those individuals started to smell smoke in the home, started to investigate, the smoke continued to get worse to the point where it started to fill up the whole house,” said Captain Michael Pruitt with the Wayne Township Fire Department.

Both were checked at the scene and cleared. Six dogs, including two puppies, died in the fire.

Captain Pruitt added, “The quicker you contact the fire department, the quicker we’re going to get here to hopefully resolve the problem. Any delay is going to put us behind the eight ball when responding and getting that fire under control.”

The home sustained significant damage from the fire, which remains under investigation. Over the next couple of days, fire investigators will be reviewing a home video system to see if that will help determine the cause of this fire.

We spoke with the homeowners on scene and they declined to comment on what happened.

The Avon Fire Department and Plainfield Fire Department also responded to the scene.

“The good news is that the occupants that were home made it out okay,” said Pruitt.