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IFD: Family of 7 who just moved into west side apartment complex loses everything in fire

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis firefighters battled a blaze Friday evening on the city’s west side.

The fire broke out at the Villa Del Sol apartments in the 3500 block of North Mission Drive, near West 34th Street and North High School Road, around 7:30 p.m.

The apartment complex and its 23 occupants were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) estimated the damage at $300,000. Speedway Fire Department, Pike Township Fire Department and the Wayne Township Fire Department assisted in the freezing cold.

The fire was marked under control in about 30 minutes after crews arrived. Snowy conditions combined with rush-hour traffic resulted in a slight delay of them arriving.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The four occupants in the apartment where the fire started said they didn’t know what happened.

IFD noted that a family of seven who just moved in Thursday have lost everything. The apartment was rented by Alexis Green and she lived there with her children, ages 19, 17, 12, 9 and 8 as well as her 8-month-old granddaughter. They did not have insurance and are receiving help from the Red Cross.

One cat was unaccounted for after the blaze.