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Suspected lightning strike leaves four Marian University students displaced

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Jul 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-08 14:02:47-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Lightning strikes may be to blame for fires in Central Indiana on Saturday morning, including an apartment fire that left four students at Marian University displaced.

According to Indianapolis Fire Department, crews were called to the apartment on 3200 Cold Spring Rd around 7:47 a.m.

When they arrived, heavy smoke and fire was coming out of the two-story structure.

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IFD said more than 14 units were dispatched to battle the fire. Two firefighters were slightly injured, one related to heat and the other one had ceiling debris fall on him.

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The department said the fire was put out by 10:21 a.m.

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Four Marian University students were displaced and the apartment management will help relocate them. IFD said two of the students were out of town, one came home when the fire broke out, and one woke up to firefighters in the building.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by a lightning strike to the attic.

Another fire caused by a suspected lightning strike was reported in Brownsburg Saturday morning.