Four firefighters injured fighting Plainfield fires
Four firefighters were hurt overnight in two different fires in Plainfield overnight. The first happened at the Stafford Point Apartments off Pinewood Drive in Plainfield.
Just after midnight, fire crews from several different departments responded to the Stafford Point apartments off Pinewood Drive in Plainfield.
Then, just after 1:15 a.m., crews were called to a house on Summit Drive, northwest of the apartment complex, for another fire.
Crews from Avon, Danville, Wayne Township and Mooresville were called in to help.
Plainfield Fire Chief Brian Russell tells Eyewitness News at least eight units were damaged by the fire, which is believed to have started on the second floor. Three are considered a total loss and the others have significant water damage.
Jason Spears was asleep in his apartment on the second floor with his three-month-old baby and girlfriend. Spears thinks the fire started in a storage unit attached to his balcony. He's thankful his cousin staying in another room in his apartment woke up and smelled smoke.
"I ran out and looked at it and the roof of the storage was on fire and some of the siding. I ran back in and my cousin's girlfriend ran back in and grabbed my baby and we all ran downstairs. If it wasn't for my cousin we'd probably not be here," said Spears.
Matthew Bain, who lives across the street from the fire, told Eyewitness News that he arrived home, saw the fire burning on the backside of the building, and began knocking on doors to alert the residents.
Four firefighters were injured battling the flames. Two were treated on scene and two others from Washington Township and Avon Fire Departments are still recovering.
Residents tell us there are smoke detectors in the apartment building. Resident Jason Spears says he's heard the smoke detectors go off during tests but he didn't hear them overnight.
The cause of the house fire is under investigation. A neighbor told Eyewitness News that the resident was renovating.
Anyone with pictures or video from either fire is asked to email those to Assistant Chief Brent Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your photos and video could be a huge help to the investigation.