Officers released from hospital, woman still critical after east side apartment fire

The scene at the Cumberland Manor Apartments where fire broke out, injuring a police officer and a man who was trapped inside, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Photo: WTHR/Frank Young)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A mother is in critical condition after a fire at an apartment on the east side Tuesday morning.

Fire broke out on the second floor of a Cumberland Manor Apartments unit just after 2:30 a.m. IFD spokesperson Rita Reith said two police officers — one IMPD officer and one Cumberland Police officer — suffered injuries due to smoke inhalation during the incident. Reith said it appears the officers were trying to help with evacuating the building when they suffered their injuries.

Both officers were transported to Eskenazi Hospital in serious condition.

Reith said the officers kicked in the door to a neighboring apartment to wake up a man, woman and child inside. The IMPD officer grabbed the child and got out safely. The woman got out on her own. The Cumberland officer stood with the man on a deck. The man jumped off the deck to safety and is OK.

Both officers were talking in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Later, IMPD said two additional officers also went to the hospital. All four have since been released.

One woman inside the unit where the fire broke out was also taken to Eskenazi in critical condition. Reith said the woman woke up to the fire and went to tell her daughter to evacuate. The daughter got out and firefighters safely brought her down on an ladder. She was treated on the scene and released.

Firefighters had to rescue the mother from inside. Medics did CPR on the mother and were able to get a pulse.

Reith said the fire started in the kitchen. Residents said there were working smoke detectors in the unit.