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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 10, 2015) – The Indianapolis Fire Department said a fire at an abandoned apartment building on the city’s northeast side is a case of arson.

Firefighters arrived at the intersection of East 42nd Street and North Brentwood Drive around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to find flames and smoke shooting out of the building.

Firefighters began to attack, but they were called off when the building partially collapsed.

The fire was updated to a two-alarm fire around 9 p.m. Crews finally got it under control around 9:20 p.m. The building was a total loss. IFD and IMPD investigators said someone intentionally set the fire.

The apartments have been vacant for at least a year. Neighbors say they have had problems with squatters at the building.

Two firefighters were slightly injured at the scene. One Lawrence firefighter cut his hand on a door; he was treated and released at the scene. An Indianapolis firefighter strained his shoulder and was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital.