Photos: IN Firefighters Respond to Abandoned Motel Fire with Reported Entrapment

Firefighter brings hoseline to ground ladder at motel fire

Photos and information from Rita Reith

Indianapolis (IN) firefighters were joined by units from Decatur and Wayne Township to battle a fire Friday, January 17, in an abandoned motel.

The fire was located in second floor units of the former site of the Best Inn Motel. Crews had reports of people trapped at the scene, but primary and secondary searches were negative and the entrapment deemed unfounded.


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There were no working smoke alarms at the scene. No firefighters were injured, and an investigation is ongoing.

RITA L. REITH is a battalion chief with the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) and serves as the agency’s public information officer.


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