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INDIANAPOLIS— A fire Sunday afternoon sent both a mother and her child to a hospital. 

Crews from Speedway and Pike Township fire departments responded to a report of fire with possible entrapment at an apartment in the 5500 block of West 43rd Street, near Moller Road, just before 4 p.m. Sunday. 

A baby was taken to Riley Children’s Health, an officer with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed at the scene. 

Neighbors described the situation as heartbreaking.

“For the past 8 months, I’ve been in the apartment and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Henry Mulbah, who lives in the apartment next door. “I feel very terrified right now. Because I don’t know. I’m yet to find out what the case is, but man this is crazy. It really is because who knows what the situation is right now.”

The scene not only took an emotional toll on those who live there, but first responders too.

“It was a very hectic scene when the crews arrived,” said Jim Campbell with Pike Township Fire Department. “The crews did an outstanding job. They were presented immediately with two injured people. One of them was a small child which gets everybody really amped up.” 

The mother of the infant was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.  

The conditions of the mother and infant were not available. No one else was inside the apartment. 

The cause of the fire was not known. The Indiana State Fire Marshal is trying to figure out what started the fire. 


Story by Jenny Dreasler