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Firefighters investigate south Indianapolis apartment fire

The fire happened at an apartment in the 2800 block of Clear Lake Way, between East Hanna and Carson avenues.

INDIANAPOLIS — A south Indianapolis apartment caught fire Saturday night displacing 15 people.

The Indianapolis Fire Department was called to a fire at around 9:30 p.m. at Stone Lake Apartments, located in the 2800 block of Clear Lake Way between East Hanna and Carson avenues.

Multiple people called 911 to report heavy fire breaking out from an upstairs apartment.

When firefighters arrived, the blaze had a solid head start and the fire was bursting out the roof of the building. 

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Posted by Indianapolis Fire Department on Saturday, January 22, 2022

According to IFD, firefighters helped several people and pets escape the burning building. The pets rescued by firefighters were turned over to Indianapolis Animal Care Services, which reunited the pets with their owners. 

Sixteen IFD units brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

The fire damaged 12 apartments, 10 of which were occupied, leaving nine adults and six children without a home. IFD Victims Assistance is working with management at the apartment and the Red Cross to find shelter for those who were displaced by the fire.  

No injuries were reported. One cat in the apartment where the fire started is believed to have died.

Fire investigators are looking into an upstairs apartment where they believe the fire started, possibly due to electrical issues. The person living in that apartment was not home at the time of the fire. However, she told firefighters that she had reported electrical issues to apartment management and they were looking into it.

At this time, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.