1 dead, 2 injured in fire at senior citizen apartments

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — One person died and two others were hurt in an apartment fire in Hendricks County Friday morning.

It started around 7:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Mill Run Drive at the Mill Run Apartments, near US 40 and South Avon Avenue. According to officials, the apartment complex is for senior citizens.

The Wayne Township Fire Department, who was assisting the Plainfield Fire Department with the fire, said Plainfield officials reported one fatality. Authorities said two people were injured and others were checked out at the scene after the fire. Officials have not yet released the names of the fire victims.

Kay Barnes, who lives on the third floor of the apartment complex, said, “I just grabbed my purse and my medicine and my robe and when I opened the door I couldn’t see anything.”

Nancy Anderson, who also lives in the apartment complex, said, “I was friends with both her (the victim) and her husband. She died of smoke inhalation. He couldn’t get her out, her husband. And I guess he had burns all over his face to where it was black and his hands too, and he had to go to the hospital, but it was too late to save her.”

Anderson added, “She was a very good person, a good Christian. A very nice person. It’s shocking that it happened with somebody that I know. It’s hard.”

Shortly before 8 a.m., officials said the fire was under control, but evacuations were still ongoing at that time. Firefighters used their ladder truck to rescue residents from their balconies.

Red Cross said all 24 units on the apartment building’s third floor have been evacuated and the organization is providing help to the residents.

Ann Gregson, spokesperson for Red Cross of Indiana, said, “If they need a place to stay we’re here for them. If they need food or if they need replacement clothing we’re here for them.”

Plainfield Fire Department Chief Brian Russell said the department gets many calls to the complex.

He said, “We’re here a lot, and there is regularly small cooking fire and things like that.”

While the cause of Friday morning’s fire is still under investigation, Russell said it appears to be accidental.

Avon and Danville fire departments were also assisting Wayne Township and Plainfield firefighters.

It’s unclear what started the fire.

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