INDIANAPOLIS–Several people were injured in a fire at an apartment complex on the east side of Indianapolis Tuesday morning.
The fire started on the second floor of an apartment at Cumberland Manor Apartments around 2:30. That’s east of the 10th Street and S. German Church Road.
“It’s a two-story building that had heavy smoke showing. There were reports of entrapment inside the structure and reports of people evacuating the structure through windows and off balconies,” said Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith.
Reith says the firefighters were able to contain the fire to one apartment.
“They did find a victim inside. They brought her outside, initiated CPR, and did get a pulse back. She is currently in critical condition at Eskenazi (Hospital),” Reith said.
Reith says the woman woke up to the fire and told her daughter to get out of the apartment. The daughter made it out with firefighters helping bring her down on a ladder. They went inside to rescue the mother.
Four IMPD officers and a Cumberland Police officer had to be taken to a hospital because they inhaled quite a bit of smoke. No one was killed.
“That’s the thing about smoke inhalation. The smoke will render you unconscious very very quickly, so it’s very important that if you find yourself in that environment to just go ahead and get out,” Reith said.
She says they have a pretty good idea of what started the fire.
“Probably cooking. It’s unclear at this point, but the daughter did say the mother was prone to cooking in the middle of the night. That will all be part of the investigation, but there’s no reason to believe it’s anything other than a cooking fire at this point, but we do know it started in the kitchen,” Reith said.
The estimated damage is $60,000.