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Two fires displace 70 people at apartment complex on Indy's northwest side

No injuries reported in fires reported 6 hours apart
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Posted at 9:50 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 08:59:11-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Around 70 people were left without a place to stay after two fires reported six hours apart damaged an apartment complex on the city's northwest side.

The first fire was reported before 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Pointe Apartments in the 5400 block of North Michigan Road. Indianapolis Fire Department crews got the fire under control just before 10 p.m., IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith said in a news release.

Reith said there were no injuries, but 44 units were affected with most suffering smoke damage. The fire left approximately 45 people without a place to stay.

IFD investigators determined an electrical issue caused the fire.

Fire crews responded to a second fire in a different building at the apartment complex before 3 a.m. Thursday Crews were able to get the fire under control around 3:30 a.m.

Reith said there were no injuries in the second fire, but 12 units were affected and 24 people were displaced.

The cause of the second fire has not been determined.

IFD Victims Assistance, Red Cross Indianapolis and apartment management worked to find shelter for the displaced residents.