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Fort Wayne and area police briefs

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 7:15 am

Girl struck by off-road vehicle driven by 8-year-old

An 11-year-old Keystone girl is hospitalized with head injuries after she was struck by an off-road vehicle operated by an 8-year-old boy.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Andrew Harmon was called at 3:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate a personal injury off-road vehicle accident in Wells County on private property, according to a news release.

Alexis J. Eckelbarger was struck by an off-road go-kart operated by a Bluffton boy. Eckelbarger was taken to Bluffton Regional Medical Center with head injuries. She was later transferred to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Her condition was not listed in the news release.

Harmon was assisted by the Wells County Sheriff's Department, Wells County EMS, and Liberty Center Fire Department.

Three people, pet escape house fire

An adult and two children escaped safely with their pet from a house fire Saturday afternoon.

The Fort Wayne Fire department was called at 3:31 p.m. to the 2300 block of Florida Drive, according to a news release. Units arrived three minutes later to find heavy fire in one corner of the two-story home. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in 21 minutes.

The cause of the blaze, which caused heavy damage, is under investigation.

No one was injured in the fire, according to the report.

Pet rescued from house fire

The Fort Wayne Fire Department is looking into the cause of a house fire Sunday morning.

Fire crews were called at 1:15 a.m. to a home in the 600 block of Fourth Street and arrived four minutes later to find fire on the front porch and the exterior of the house, according to a news release. Crews quickly got the fire under control and searched the house but didn't find anyone at home. One pet was listed on the report as being rescued.

The blazed caused moderate damage to the two-story home.

The fire department was assisted by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, American Electric Power and NIPSCO.