Investigator: Child playing with matches started house fire

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Six people escaped a near-downtown home Thursday after a child apparently caught it on fire.

Fire crews were called around 2 p.m. to a home at 1715 Cortland Ave., near Wells Street in the Bloomingdale neighborhood north of downtown Fort Wayne.

Two adults and four children were able to get out safely before fire crews arrived.

Firefighters searched the home to verify that nobody was inside and extinguished the fire a second floor bedroom.

An investigation into the fire determined it was caused by a child playing with matches.

The home sustained moderate fire and smoke damage, but only minor water damage.

No injuries were reported.

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