Apartment fire on south side causes road closures; 4 firefighters injured

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Four Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) firefighters were injured Friday while working to put out a fire at an apartment complex on the city’s south side.

Crews were called to the 5500 block of Rue Royale, located at Regency Park Apartments, around 2:30 p.m. on a report of a working apartment fire. Crews arrived and found heavy smoke coming from several units.

The fire then moved to a common attic space. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to get the fire under control.

Two IFD firefighters were injured while trying to attach a hose to a hydrant and were taken to Methodist Hospital. They are expected to be OK. Another firefighter was taken to Community South and a fourth was treated for an injury on the scene.

No residents of the apartments were injured. Five units were affected, and 26 people were displaced. IFD victims assistance is working with the Red Cross to get them immediate shelter.

IFD says residents were cooking fries on the stove and grease kept popping out of the pan. Eventually it hit the burner and caught fire. IFD estimated the damage at $300,000.

The fire caused Epler Avenue to close temporarily between State Road 135 and East Street.