IFD: Mom, young daughters OK after escaping apartment fire from third-floor window

Firefighters are on the scene of a large apartment fire at Pangea Prairies near 46th & Arlington. (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Firefighters say a woman and her two young daughters are OK after escaping a northeast Indianapolis apartment fire.

The fire broke out shortly before 10 p.m. on Jamestown Court, near E. 46th Street and N. Arlington Avenue. About 45 minutes later, heavy flames were still coming from the roof of the structure.

The fire is in the Pangea Prairies apartment complex.

Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith said the mother dropped her 3-year-old and 7-month-old daughters from a third story window to people waiting below.

The good Samaritans caught the girls, then the mother, who jumped from the same window to escape the fire. All three were checked out at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and are said to be OK.

The fire appeared to have started in a first-floor apartment's kitchen, Reith said, before spreading through the building to the attic and roof. Everyone inside the apartment got out safely.

The cause of the fire was ruled undetermined. No foul play is suspected.

Reith said there were working smoke detectors throughout the building.

The apartment building sustained heavy damage in the fire. Partial collapse of the building prevented investigators from safely entering.

Reith said about 50 people were displaced by the fire, which remains under investigation. Damage from the fire is estimated at $1,000,000.

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