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1 dead, multiple transported to local hospital from overnight apartment fire

Posted at 6:37 AM, Apr 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-17 16:38:18-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A person has died following an apartment fire on the northwest side of Indianapolis, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.

The 2-alarm fire began in the Highland Pointe Apartments near Michigan Road and 54th Street around 4:45 a.m.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy fire coming from the building and people jumping from balconies to escape.

By 4:59 a.m., the fire was marked as a mass casualty due to the likely number of injuries.

At least 30 people were rescued and nine of those were transported to the hospital. Five of those nine, four children and one adult, suffered serious injuries.

Two Pike Township fire investigators were also injured when cieling debris fell on them during the investigation.

A woman pulled from the fire was pronounced dead at 5:17 a.m. IFD says no information on her identity is available at this time.

In total, 44 units were affected by the fire that was marked under control at 6:02 a.m.

Investigators continue to search for the cause of the fire, but they believe the fire stated on the 1st floor before quickly traveling to the second and third floors.