3:17 AM EDT, July 4, 2012
Indianapolis firefighters were busy Wednesday morning, battling five fires in a near north downtown neighborhood.
The first two fires were confined to trash piles or dumpsters. The first, at 1:47 a.m., was near the Indianapolis Public Library at 40 East St. Clair Street.
Minutes later, at 110 E. Walnut, firefighters were called to extinguish another trash fire.
Then, at 2:08 a.m., firefighters were called to a historic downtown home known as The Kemper House.
The fire, located in the rear of the house, was brought under control in about 30 minutes.
The Kemper House most recently caught fire in May, 2011. That morning, ten fires were ruled suspicious by IMPD/IFD investigators. Read more about that string of fires here.
Two more fires broke out in quick succession around 2:45 a.m.
The fires, near the 200 block of East 13th Street and the 1200 block of North New Jersey Street were both confined to the porch.
Indianapolis Fire Department PIO Lt. Larry Tracy says when firefighters arrived on North New Jersey Street, they found heavy fire on the front porch.
Homeowners Karl and Kenny Nowling were about to escape safely with their two dogs.
The Nowlings tell firefighters they were watching TV, heard a noise and then noticed thick, black smoke entering the home.
IMPD/IFD arson investigators are investigating all five fires.