Grass Fire Threatens Residential Area in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS -- A large grass fire on the northwest side was heading toward a residential area, but fire crews were able to get the blaze under control.

Crews from multiple departments battled the three-alarm fire, which was near Eagle Creek Airpark and Rick's Cafe Boatyard restaurant and charred an estimated 40 to 50 acres.

A water tanker truck from Eagle Creek Airpark was called to the scene to assist.

Additional firefighters were called to the scene to rotate with those already there, due to the near triple-digit heat.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital to be treated for possible heat exhaustion.

"It really is a huge effort and problem for us out in this heat trying to contain a fire this big," a fire official told RTV6's Ebone Monet.

The airport was closed for more than an hour while crews worked on the fire.

There was some concern that the fire was getting too close to hangars at the airport and to nearby apartments, but no structures were damaged in the fire.

"I was scared because I've seen the fire in Colorado, so I thought if there's a strong wind it'll fly over to this side," one nearby apartment resident said.

"The fire never got far enough to where we had to do a formal evacuation, but we were prepared to do so," a fire official said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Some witnesses said there was some sort of explosion, possibly a transformer, that could have sparked the blaze, but fire officials said with conditions as dry as they are, it doesn't take much to start a fire like this one.

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