INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis firefighters responded to a working building fire at a cosmetology school on the south side.

Crews were dispatched to Empire Beauty School (3810 E. Southport Road) just before 2 a.m. Several 911 callers reported seeing the building and nearby woods on fire.

Firefighters discovered the fire and heavy smoke coming from a rear storage area that was connected to the main structure. Some of the fire reached the main building, but it only suffered slight damage.

“I just started bawling like a big baby. It’s just so sad. Everybody’s stuff is in there and it’s just all gone,” said Lacy Danz, a student at Empire Beauty School.

Students showed up Wednesday afternoon to see the damage to their school.

“This school is like my family. All the students and the teachers, we are basically all one big family. It’s my home away from home,” said Morgan Wools, a student at Empire Beauty School.

One person with the IFD Rehab Support Unit had a slight injury and was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

IFD says the building was unoccupied when the fire broke out.

Firefighters were on scene controlling hotspots until about 5:30 a.m. They estimate about 60% of the building was damaged.

Empire Beauty School posted an update on social media saying in part, ‘We will get through this together and we will rebuild. We are making every effort in coordination with the State of Indiana and our accrediting body to provide temporary education so that students have the least impact on their education as possible.’