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Frozen hydrant delays firefighters on Indy's west side

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Indianapolis Firefighters are looking into what sparked a fire at a condominium on the west side of Indianapolis.

IFD says the fire started just after 7:30 Monday morning at 3987 Gateway Court, near 38th and High School Road.

There were no reports of any injuries. Fire crews were able to quickly get the fire under control, despite having problems with a frozen fire hydrant. 

Damage was estimated at $75,000.

One of the residents of the home heard the family dog barking. He checked the home and realized his 16-year-old daughter's bedroom was on fire. The residents of the home evacuated safely, along with their dog, and called 911.

Heavy smoke and fire was in the apartment when firefighters arrived. It took them about half an hour to bring it under control.

The residents of the apartment will stay with relatives.

This is in the second time in as many days firefighters had to work around frozen hydrants.  Pike Township firefighters had a problem getting a frozen hydrant to work while battling an apartment fire near 52nd Street and High School Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

Every time the Indianapolis Fire department uses a hydrant, the water company is there to make sure the hydrant is closed properly and does not freeze.

In Monday's case, the frozen hydrant was privately owned, which means it's up to the apartment complex to keep it serviced and in good working order.

Private hydrants are supposed to be painted red, but in this case the hydrant was painted green, adding to the confusion. IFD is looking into the paint color issue.

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