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IFD: About 200 people displaced after Meridian Street apartment fire

The fire at The Winterhouse-Circle City Apartments broke out just after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Fire damaged an Indianapolis apartment building and left dozens of people scrambling to find temporary housing Wednesday evening.

The two-alarm fire at The Winterhouse-Circle City Apartments in the 1300 block of North Meridian Street was reported just after 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

Fire was visible from an upper floor window of the 136-unit building when firefighters arrived.

An Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson said the blaze broke out in a ninth-floor unit and was contained to that apartment. A resident told investigators she was burning a candle and left the apartment to check on laundry, returning to find a couch on fire. She and a neighbor used water and an extinguisher but couldn't put out the fire. They evacuated the apartment and called for help.

No one was injured, but the spokesperson said two people were checked for slight smoke inhalation. 

We're told several cats were rescued.

The spokesperson said approximately 200 people were displaced and were working with the Red Cross and victim assistance personnel from IFD. As of Thursday shortly after 11 a.m., an IFD spokesperson confirmed only three residents are still displaced.

The electric utility had to be disconnected after the fire and was restored Thursday morning.

IFD said the building's alarms and sprinkler system both activated during the fire.

An investigation is ongoing.

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