A house on the 13000 block of West Road was declared a total loss Sunday after firefighters were unable to control a blaze believed to have started in the basement.
At 3:13 p.m. June 10, the Carmel Communications Center received a report of a residence fire at 13077 West Rd. According to a report field by the Carmel Fire Dept., the homeowners said they had been away from the home for a while. Upon returning, the homeowners noticed a smell coming from the basement, and discovered a large amount of smoke. The homeowners also noticed fire on the outside of the home.
The homeowner made an unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the fire.
Fire crews arrived and proceeded with suppression operations. Firefighters reported that by their arrival, the fire had reached a level of intensity and rate of spread that made it impossible for crews to get ahead of it.
The homeowners escaped the building unharmed. Two firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries, and a third firefighter was treated for an injury to the foot.
The Carmel Fire Dept. was assisted by firefighters from the Indianapolis, Westfield and Zionsville fire departments.