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Source: Mike Davis, FOX59/CBS4 Photographer

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 23, 2016) — The Indianapolis Fire Department is investigating the cause of a large apartment fire overnight.

The fire started around 1:30 a.m. in the 6500 block of Hot Springs Way, that’s on the south side of Indianapolis at the Dakota Ridge Apartments.

When fire crews arrived, the second story of one of the buildings was fully engulfed in flames. Crews did what they could to put out the fire, but they had to battle brisk winds and bitter cold.

“There`s a lot of ice out here on the surface, and everything is covered in ice because of the cold temperatures and the amount of water being thrown here tonight… the walkways, the tools, the equipment, the gear, the tanks… are all covered in ice,” said Capt. Rita Reith, Indianapolis Fire Department. “Firefighters are really working to stay safe out here at this point.”

Investigators were on scene for several hours, speaking with residents, trying to figure out what happened. IFD said the buildings had working smoke detectors.

No injuries were reported, but two cats died.

The fire damaged eight units. This leaves approximately 16 people displaced.