Indianapolis Crews Rescue Trapped Residents from Fire


Several people were trapped at the top of an Indianapolis high rise apartment building Monday night when a fire broke out on the fifth floor, fire officials said.

The blaze inside a building at the corner of 28th and Meridian streets was reported just after 11 p.m., said firefighter David Owens.

The 2-alarm fire started on the fifth floor, burning through an apartment door and into the hallway, Owens said.

Residents on the sixth and seventh floors were trapped, many calling from their windows for help.

"There were several rescues that were made. Two individuals were brought down over an aerial ladder off of the north side of the building off the 6th floor and then there were also multiple rescues made inside, using the inside stairway by the firefighters," Owens said.

Two residents suffered minor smoke inhalation, Owens. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage.

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