“Cosmopolitan on the Canal” Fire, Indianapolis, Indiana

Issue 5 and Volume 162.

By Rita L. Reith In the early morning hours of Thursday, March 12, 2009, firefighters from the Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department (IFD) were in for a firefight that lasted longer than anything they had seen in downtown Indianapolis in the past 20 years. The first call came in to dispatch at 0322 hours as a report of smoke in the area. Per protocol, one engine was dispatched to investigate. As that engine was responding, more calls poured in to dispatch, with callers frantically advising that there was a huge fire somewhere downtown. First-alarm companies were dispatched. Only one caller got the location accurate, identifying it as Michigan Street and Senate Avenue. This location sits about three blocks west of Monument Circle, the center point of downtown Indianapolis. The crew from Station 13, located three blocks south of the fire, was first on-scene within four minutes of the first call. The…

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