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.