7 people OK after east side apartment fire

(WISH Photo/Nick Nebesny)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Fire Department battled a fire at a 100-year-old building on the city’s east side Saturday night.

According to officials, crews were called to the 5000 block of East Washington Street, near North Riley Avenue around 10:35 p.m.

The fire was at the Riley Apartments. Residents there were alerted to the fire by other residents who smelled smoke.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes. The building suffered heavy fire and smoke damage, and one firefighter was slightly hurt from debris in the eye.

Officials say the building was built in 1909 and sustained $100,000 worth of damages. Investigators are now looking into what caused the fire, but they believe it started in office space on the first floor.

All seven people in the apartment were OK and accounted for, as was one cat. IFD Victims Assistance and American Red Cross are working with the apartment owner to find those people shelter.

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