Residents escape eastside apartment fire

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INDIANAPOLIS, In (November 22, 2014) — Seven people made it out of a burning building unharmed late Saturday on the city’s east side. Indianapolis Fire Department crews put out flames at the more than 100-year-old building that sits at the intersection of Washington and Emerson.

Crews arrived on scene around 10:30 p.m. and were initially unsure if someone was trapped inside the building. But everyone who lives in the building’s six apartments had made it out OK and no one was hurt.

Because of the age of the building though, the fire proved difficult for crews. The structure, like many other building constructed in the early 1900’s, is a balloon-frame structure, according to fire officials. The layout of the building allowed the flames to travel from an office, where firefighters believe it began, down to the basement, and then up to the second floor.

It took crews about 40 minutes to get the flames under control. The fire is estimated to have caused about $100,000 in damage. The building’s residents are being assisted by the Red Cross and IFD Victims’ Assistance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.