Apartment fire displaces several families

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Several people might not have a place to stay around the holiday after an apartment fire on the city’s near north side.

It happened around 1:05 a.m. Tuesday at Magnolias Apartments near 33rd and North Meridian streets.

Nobody was hurt. Investigators don’t believe anyone was home in the apartment that was damaged the most. They also say there weren’t any working smoke detectors in the apartment.

Firefighters had to go door to door to get the rest of the people out of the building.

IFD contained the fire quickly and kept it from spreading to other units. They also had to shut down Meridian Street in both directions, that way they could run hoses to nearby hydrants.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Firefighters do know that it started on the third floor, but whether it started in or near the unit in question is unknown.

The damage is estimated around $150,000. Although the fire was contained to one apartment, IFD said the neighbors below and above can’t go back in either because of water damage. The American Red Cross is helping the victims find a temporary place to stay.

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