Weekend fires displace 8 families

February 20, 2012

Children playing with lighters started two fires in two days, forcing eight Indianapolis families from their homes. On Saturday, fire crews were called to Pickwick Farms Apartments in the 9400 block of Ditch Road after a girl using a lighter to roast marshmallows ignited a paper bag. The blaze caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to seven apartments, displacing 20 residents. The next day, 10 people were chased from a home in the 8100 block of Wysong Drive after a boy spending the night found a lighter and set fire to his bed. Damages there were estimated at $50,000.