Firefighting

Indianapolis (IN) Firefighters Injured in Fire at Vacant Apartment Buildings

Two Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department firefighters were hospitalized after operating at the scene of a massive apartment building fire that destroyed three vacant buildings.

A report on indystar.com (http://indy.st/sUDa5J) indicates that firefighters were called to the Washington Arms Apartments at around 11:45 p.m. Saturday night. They found heavy smoke and fire at the back, or north building, immediately called in a second alarm and within minutes began defensive operations.

Approximately 80 firefighters and 35 pieces of equipment were on the scene. One firefighter was transported after experiencing chest pains; the second to be treated for dehydration.

The buildings had been vacant since March 21, 2010, when another fire forced residents to move out. A police officer told firefighters there might be squatters in the buildings, however firefighters were unable to conduct a search of the structures.The complex includes about 24 apartments in three, two-story brick buildings interconnected by hallways.