Firefighters respond to house fire on southeast side; 1 woman found dead inside


INDIANAPOLIS — Officials say a woman was found dead after a house fire on the southeast side of Indianapolis.

Crews were dispatched to a house in the 3600 block of Five Points Road just before 8 a.m. That’s just outside of the 465 loop, north of Hanna Avenue.

Firefighters say people at the scene told them a woman was still in the house. They say they had trouble getting through the house because of an “extreme amount of clutter.”

The woman, identified as 85-year-old Cora Gibson, was found during a secondary search of the building and pronounced dead on the scene. The coroner’s office said the cause and manner of death were pending.

One cat was rescued and given oxygen via the Project Breathe mask. Another cat died.

Fire investigators have ruled the fire as accidental, adding that an unattended space heater on the back porch caught nearby combustibles on fire.

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