FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A person was found inside a home that caught fire on Fort Wayne’s southeast side Tuesday afternoon.
Fort Wayne Fire crews were called just after 3 p.m. to a home in the 4146 Plaza Drive, just west of McMillen Golf Course between East Rudisill Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue.
Units found the home completely enveloped in flames and forced their way through the front door, then encountered a wall of fire. Crews battled the fire for nearly 40 minutes before finally being able to bring it under control, according to a release.
Fire Department spokesman Adam O’Connor told WANE 15 that a man was found unconscious inside the home. He was listed in critical condition.
Investigators found magnesium automotive parts in the home, which they believe intensified the blaze, O’Connor said.
The home has a wheelchair ramp, but O’Connor was not able to say if the victim was disabled.
Fort Wayne Police were also at the scene. It’s not clear yet why.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.