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Two suspicious fires that damaged three homes under investigation on Indianapolis' north side

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 08:39:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A pair of overnight fires on Indianapolis' north side on Tuesday are under investigation.

Firefighters first responded to a home in the 1800 of North Talbott Street near 18th Street around 2:10 a.m.

A family of three, two adults and a toddler, were inside the home when their front porch caught fire. The family told firefighters they were awakened by a noise and saw the fire. They evacuated and were able to use the garden hose to get most of it out before firefighters arrived.

The damage to the home was estimated at around $40,000.

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Firefighters responded to another scene about half of a mile around 2:20 a.m in the 2100 block of North Pennsylvania Street.

The occupants told firefighters that two good Samaritans in the area knocked on the door and alerted them that their home was on fire. The woman said they were traveling home in an Uber and as they were being dropped off they saw the glow of the fire and ran to alert the people inside.

The three people inside that residence evacuated safely. Two men on the other side of the double were awakened by their ring alarm and were able to get out of the home as well.

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The cause of both fires remains under investigation.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers on scene did question a man that was identified by neighbors as a person of interest in the fires but so far no arrests have been made.