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Firefighters battle building fire on north side of Indianapolis

Posted at 3:02 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 17:54:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A fire severely damaged a building Sunday on the north side of Indianapolis.

According to information from the Indianapolis Fire Department, the building located at 3965 Boulevard Place, near West 40th Street, caught fire at 11:40 a.m.

The building housed a church, pizza place and hair salon, all of which were destroyed. An apartment belonging to the building's owner and a laundromat survived.

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The owner of the building was the only resident of the building, according to the fire department.

The 64-year-old building owner told firefighters he lives in the rear of the building and was unaware of the fire until a friend helped him evacuate, according to a press release from IFD.

The fire likely started on the roof, but neither the cause nor dollar amount of damage are known, IFD said.

It took firefighters about two hours get get the fire under control, according to a tweet from IFD. Part of the building collapsed.

Thick and toxic smoke filled several blocks in the area, according to the tweet.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the IFD and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department fire investigators.

The Division of Business and Neighborhood services was called to the scene for unsafe buildings, according to the release.

No injuries were reported.