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Man rescued from burning house on English Avenue in critical condition

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 21:52:02-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A 71-year-old man is in critical condition after firefighters rescued him from a burning house Wednesday morning, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Firefighters pulled the man from the house within two minutes of arriving at the scene around 11:08 a.m. in the 1600 block of English Avenue, near South State Avenue, IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith said in a press release.

Emergency personnel began CPR and took the man to Eskenazi Hospital where he remains in critical condition, Reith said.

The other occupant of the house was not home when the fire started, Reith said. They are both displaced.

One cat, Fluffy, was revived by Indianapolis EMS medics and taken to Indy Animal Care, Reith said. Three cats were killed and five cats are unaccounted for.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.