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Person dead after fire in building on West Washington Street in Indianapolis

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-18 09:06:31-05

INDIANAPOLIS — One person has died after they were found inside a burning building Saturday morning on the city’s west side.

Crews with the Indianapolis and Wayne Township fire departments responded to the fire at 8:07 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Washington Street. They saw heavy smoke and fire showing from the front of the building, according to IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith.

A person was found inside the building about 10 minutes after firefighters arrived and pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was identified by the Marion County Coroner's Office as 39-year-old Walter Medsker.

The person’s cause of death has not been determined.

Reith said in a press release that Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives are investigating the person’s death per standard protocol.

The fire, which remains under investigation, was under control at 8:39 a.m.

Firefighters previously responded to a fire in the building on Nov. 23, 2021. One firefighter was slightly injured in that fire, Reith said.