Four firefighters injured in two Plainfield fires

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Four firefighters were injured while battling two different fires in Plainfield Wednesday morning.

The first fire was at the Stafford Pointe Apartments, just north of I-70, around 12:30 a.m.

Everyone was safely evacuated from the building, but three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

“Two have been slight and actually both of those individuals are back to work. They’ve been cleared,” said Plainfield Fire Chief Brian Russell.  “We did transport one firefighter [to the hospital] with a minor injury.”

Russell said three apartment units on the second floor were consumed by flames, while the three units below were heavily damaged by smoke and water.  Displaced residents gathered in the complex’s clubhouse as American Red Cross volunteers worked to find them places to stay for the night.

One of the displaced residents, Debbie Flake, told FOX59 News that a neighbor banged on her door and shouted that the building was on fire.  Groggy, Flake said she and her boyfriend rushed out without grabbing a single possession.

“Everything I own is in there,” Flake said through teary eyes.  “But there’s no lives lost and that’s good.”

The second Plainfield fire was at a house in the 500 block of Summit Dr, just three miles northwest of the apartment fire.

The fire marshal told FOX59 News that the one person at the house was woken up by her smoke detector and made it out without getting hurt.  However, firefighters said one firefighter was overcome slightly on the roof and taken to the hospital with a minor injury.

Both fires are now under control.

Anyone with pictures or video from either fire is asked to email those to Assistant Chief Brent Anderson at branderson@plainfieldfire.com. Fire officials told FOX59 News that this could greatly assist them with their investigation.