Indianapolis Firefighters Battle Fire at Maintenance Facility

Aerials pour water onto the top of a structure during a working fire in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis Fire Department crews and mutual aid units responded to the scene.

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By Rita Reith

Indianapolis (IN) firefighters battled a stubborn fire for more than two hours Tuesday at a maintenance facility located on the Roche Diagnostics campus.

The maintenance building sits south of the H building, which is the Roche US Diabetes Care Headquarters building. Landscaping trucks and equipment and typical maintenance products such as oil and gas were reportedly inside the single-story, Pole Barn-style structure. No employees were displaced and no other buildings were affected by the fire or the number of apparatus that arrived on site.

The biggest obstacle crews faced were the long hose lays to establish water supply, since hydrants were few and far between. It took several thousand feet of 5-inch hose snaked through the parking lot and south on Hague Rd. to establish the lines. However the friction loss from the extended lay caused the water pressure to be less than optimal.

Although crews arrived to find light smoke showing, the interior of the building was heavily charged with fire. Within 30 minutes of crews attacking the fire, the roof collapsed. It took about an hour to gain initial control of the fire. Roche Management was on scene and working with firefighters and investigators to determine and exact cause.

One firefighter suffered a slight injury and was treated on scene, while another was transported for a knee injury.

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