Crews battle two-alarm fire on city’s southeast side

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Firefighters were called to the southeast side of Indianapolis on Friday night to battle a two-alarm fire that almost turned into a third-alarm.

Crews responded to the 2000 block of Draper Street, which is near Interstate 65 and East Raymond Street.

A tweet from the Indianapolis Fire Department said heavy black smoke was blanketing the area of Draper and Raymond. People were asked to avoid the area.

The vacant building had asbestos shingles on its roof, which IFD said was creating hazardous breathing conditions. People within a two-block radius of the fire were asked to shelter in place, with their windows closed. Those residents were later told they could go about business as usual.

The fire was marked under control around 9:45 p.m., fire officials said. 24-Hour News 8 crews at the scene report there was a slight injury to a firefighter at the scene, and that

Fire officials say the fire caused $250,000 in damages. Department of Code Enforcement was called for an immediate tear down of the building, as it was deemed unsafe.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Below is a picture from a WISH-TV tower cam, not too long after the fire started, where heavy flames could be seen.

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