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Fire destroys apartment building on Indy's northeast side

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Jan 29, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — A fire destroyed an apartment building on the northeast side of Indianapolis on Friday displacing 21 residents from their homes.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Fire Department, firefighters were called to an apartment building at Lake at Crossbridge Apartments in the 7800 block of Darien Court shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday.

There were multiple 911 calls reporting the fire. There were heavy flames showing when the first firefighters, from the Lawrence Fire Department, arrived on scene. Four Lawrence Fire Department units and 21 IFD units responded to the blaze.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, however, it appears to have started in a unit on the second floor. The building is a total loss, the fire department said.

IFD Victims Assistance is working with the Indy American Red Cross to provide shelter for those who were displaced by the fire.

A cat named Carter who was originally unaccounted for was located by Indianapolis firefighters hiding in the corner of a closet on the first floor two hours after the fire was reported, firefighters said. The cat was barely breathing and was supplied oxygen via the Project Breathe Mask and was revived.

No residents were injured. One Lawrence firefighter sustained a slight injury and was taken to a hospital to be checked out, according to IFD.