COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Fire officials in Columbus say 14 people have been displaced after an apartment fire downtown Thursday evening. Firefighters are describing the origin of the fire as “suspicious.”
Firefighters responded to the 900 block of Franklin Street shortly before 7 p.m. and found the entire front of the building consumed with fire.
Initial reports were that there were people trapped inside. After searching the building — which has been converted into nine apartment units — no one was located.
Firefighters had to fight to fire from the outside, because the interior was deemed too dangerous.Two sections of the roof collapsed as crews worked to put out the fire. No one was hurt.
Damages are estimated at $135,000. The building is a total loss, fire officials say. The Red Cross was called to assist the 14 occupants who were displaced by the fire.
“We’re still sorting it out,” fire investigator Matt Noblitt said Friday. “And if we come up with multiple ways the fire could have started — accidental or otherwise — the cause may end up as undetermined.”