Woman killed in apartment fire on northwest side of Indianapolis
A 60-year-old woman is dead after a fire at the Pangea Meadows Apartments near 34th Street and Moller Road.
Captain Rita Reith with the Indianapolis Fire Department said the woman lived in the apartment where the fire started. Her husband was inside with her, but he was able to get out. The crew from Station 30 aggressively searched through heavy flames to find the woman.
Investigators believe the fire started when the couple fell asleep with food still on the stove.
Two other people were slightly injured and nine lost their homes.
Some residents said they heard smoke alarms go off, while others said it was a knock on the door that woke them up.
One woman escaped the fire by jumping from her second story window onto a neighbor's mattress.
Firefighters arrived to find the building fully involved. They also had to deal with structural stability concerns after the fire moved from the lower level apartment to the balcony and roof line. The fire travelled quickly through the roofline to the other units.
The fire department said the unusual location of the building within the complex did not allow for crews to position themselves close to the area, forcing firefighters to haul equipment in from their trucks some distance away.
Early estimates show the fire caused $200,000 in damage.