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Indianapolis firefighters respond to downtown building fire

The fire started shortly before 1 p.m. at a building in the 900 block of North Meridian Street, near Ninth Street.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis firefighters responded to reports of a fire coming from the top of an apartment building in downtown Indianapolis Thursday.

The fire started shortly before 1 p.m. at a building in the 900 block of North Meridian Street, near Ninth Street.

There were heavy flames and smoke on top of the building.

No one was hurt in the fire, but investigators are still working to figure out the cause. IFD said it started on the fifth floor of the building and spread to an air conditioning unit on the roof.

Three apartments were damaged, and the Red Cross is helping to find shelter for 12 displaced residents. All 40 units on the east side of the building had water damage from the sprinkler system. 

IFD Rescued 3 dogs and 2 cats from the affected units. None of the residents were injured.

IFD said fire alarms and the sprinkler system worked, but firefighters faced some challenges running a water line to the roof and getting water to the damaged apartments. One of the pipes snapped, so crews had to manually run the lines up to the roof.

In total, 34 IFD units were dispatched to the fire.

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