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Death of man in January east side fire ruled homicide

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jan 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-14 18:12:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS— The death of a man who died after a house fire on Indy's east side in January has now been ruled a homicide.

Indianapolis firefighters rescued Charles Linstrum in critical condition from a house fire on January 7.

The fire department was dispatched to a residence at 9004 E 18th St at 6:58 a.m to assist with possible arson.


Upon arrival, firefighters located a single-story house with no sign of fire showing.

After entering the house, crews found the house to be heavily charged with smoke in the interior.

Around 7:08 a.m., firefighters located Charles Linstrum, 70.

Linstrum was removed from the house by 7:09 a.m and CPR was performed on the man at 7:10 a.m.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control by 7:18 a.m.


IEMS arrived on the scene and the Linstrum's pulse was regained by 7:31 a.m.

He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in extreme critical condition and later died.

IMPD Arson and homicide detectives responded to the scene to begin an investigation.

On April 11, The Marion County Coroners office determined Linstrum's death to be a homicide.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Det. Daniel Smith at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail him at