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1 dead, another hospitalized after morning business fire in Carmel

CARMEL, Ind. — One person was found dead, another was seriously injured and a firefighter suffered minor injuries in a fire at a Carmel strip mall early Thursday.

Around 3:15 a.m. May 9, Carmel Police Department officers responded to a welfare check in the 9800 block of North Michigan Road, just north of West 96th Street. Officers arrived and found a female in the street yelling for help and severely burned, Carmel Fire Department spokesperson Tim Griffin told 55News.

A fire was discovered at a strip mall nearby, and fire crews arrived to find heavy fire coming through the roof of the building.

Crews worked for an extended period to knock down the fire, pulling out of the building at one point after the ceiling collapsed.

A male victim was found dead inside the building.

The female victim was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. One Carmel firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Griffin said it’s believed the fire started in a kitchen inside one of the businesses. A massage parlor and café sustained heavy damage in the fire.

Michigan Road is closed in both directions near West 98th Street.

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