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Indianapolis man dies days after apartment fire on west side

Firefighters battled 2nd fire at building Monday morning
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Posted at 7:54 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 12:30:14-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A man who was critically injured in an apartment fire Thursday afternoon on the city's west side has died, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.

The 74-year-old man died Saturday, two days after he was critically injured in the fire on North Traub Avenue, near West Washington Street and North Belmont Avenue.

He was the eighth fire fatality in the IFD service district in 2020, Battalion Chief Rita Reith said in a news release sent Monday morning.

In a news release sent Thursday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the man's death is being investigated as a homicide.

The IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations Unit is investigating the origin and cause of the fire, which Reith said began in a vacant room on the building's lower floor that was reportedly occupied by squatters.

Firefighters responded to a second fire early Monday in a different part of the same building. Utilities had not yet been restored to the building following Thursday's fire, Reith said.

Crews were dispatched just before 4:30 a.m. and the fire was under control by 5:15 a.m. Reith said two units were affected by smoke, fire or water damage.

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The Indianapolis Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on the west side of Indianapolis on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

No injuries were reported in Monday's fire.

A woman living in one of the units evacuated and apartment management is helping her find a place to stay.

The cause of Monday morning's fire is under investigation.

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