Vacant Warehouse Burns In Indianapolis

11:42 AM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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Indianapolis, IN -  More than 125 firefighters were on the scene of a four-alarm building fire on the city's southeast side Sunday night.  Firefighters were battling the fire near Van Buren St. and South State Ave. They were called to the scene shortly after 9:00 p.m.

The fire quickly became a two-alarm fire. Shortly before 11:00 p.m., it was upgraded to a four alarm.  

According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, the fire was in an old, vacant warehouse, believed to be the site of a former manufacturing company. The building is 160,000 square feet, IFD says.

Around 9:30 p.m., fire officials said no injuries had been reported. Firefighters asked that people avoided the area and stay clear of State.

IMPD's ERG Squad was on the scene assisting with search and evacuation operations. All residents were encouraged to cooperate with IMPD.

According to IFD, about 15 homes on Legrande Ave. were evacuated. Those homes were south of the fire. The evacuation was a precautionary measure. The fire had shut down power to some houses in the area. IPL was working to get power restored to those homes.

Fire officials say the flying embers from the fire started a small field fire to the west of the building. Fire had also spread to a building south of where the fire started.  Around 10:30 p.m., IFD reported there was a partial collapse to the building.



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