Firefighters battle icy conditions fighting west side fire

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INDIANAPOLIS – Speedway and Indianapolis firefighters responded to a business fire on the city’s west side Wednesday morning.

The call came in to dispatchers around 5:30 a.m., reporting smoke and fire coming from a business just west of West 16th Street and Tibbs Avenue.

According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, the fire started in the basement of Grant’s Catering and moved up the wall of the building before reaching the attic.

Fire crews found no one inside when they made their attack.

Firefighters did encounter some problems with a fire hydrant, but that did not delay them getting water on the fire due to water carried on fire trucks.

Due to the extremely cold conditions, much of the water used by firefighters created a hazardous icy coating near the scene.  Fire officials said the water immediately began freezing upon hitting the pavement.

“It’s really cold out and there was a problem with one hydrant which did not delay the attack on the fire because we carry water on our engines, so they went to two others, they both worked,” said Bonnie Hensley, IFD’s public information officer.

Indianapolis Department of Public Works salt trucks were called to the scene to help remove the ice from 16th Street.

IFD told Fox59 the fire did about $90,000 dollars damage to the building.

An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the fire.