INDIANAPOLIS –25 people were forced out of their homes because of a fire early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were called to an apartment complex on North Shortridge Road just after 4:30 a.m. That’s near 10th street and Shadeland Avenue on the east side of Indianapolis.
“They had heavy fire showing from the first and second floor of an eight-unit building. About 25 people were inside the structure including occupants of the apartment where it actually originated,” said Rita Reith, battalion chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department.
One woman had minor injuries. She was treated and released from the scene. Everyone else made it out safely. The 25 people who no longer have a place to stay are working with the American Red Cross to try to find shelter.
“It’s kind of a three-pronged approach (for us). We’ll work with Red Cross, their insurance company, and also with apartment management to see if there is any other place within the complex that they can be sheltered,” said Reith. “I know for sure that two of the units lost everything.”
If you rent your own place, Reith said it is never a bad idea to have renter’s insurance.
“If the individual has that, that’s the most helpful because then the insurance company can help them replace their goods and find shelter as well,” said Reith.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
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