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Three firefighters injured in northeast side apartment fire

24 people displaced; crews rescue two dogs
Posted at 5:18 AM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 21:04:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three firefighters suffered minor injuries in a massive fire overnight at a northeast side apartment complex.

The fire started around 1:30 a.m. at the Waterside at Castleton apartments near 86th Street and Whippoorwill Drive, just east of I-69.  Witnesses could see flames shooting from the top of one of the buildings, and some residents were alerted to the fire by a man who repeatedly honked his car horn after spotting the flames.

There were 16 apartment units in the building that suffered smoke, fire or water damage.  Indianapolis Fire Capt. Rita Reith says 24 people inside managed to get out safely, and firefighters on the scene rescued two dogs from inside.  IFD Victims' Assistance is working to help those who were displaced.

Reith said two firefighters were taken to Methodist Hospital for dehydration, while a third was treated on the scene for a laceration. She said heat and humidity were affecting all of the firefighters on the scene, and says the department rotated crews out to keep everyone healthy. Reith also said crews had problems getting water to the fire initially because of the distance between hydrants and the apartment building. 

Firefighters have not determined what caused the fire.

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