INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 15, 2015) — The Indianapolis Fire Department spent the better part of Sunday evening fighting a stubborn barn fire.
The fire broke out in the 10700 block of Indian Creek Road just before 6 p.m. and ended up injuring two firefighters.
One of the firefighters was taken to Methodist Hospital to be checked out for exhaustion and one was taken to a clinic for a slight injury.
The barn was adjacent to the owner’s home, with the family of three inside, but none of them were injured.
Two cats are unaccounted for, a 10-week-old named Batman and a 5-year-old named Freddie.
A smoke detector in the home alerted the family to the fire and they were able to evacuate safely.
Fire fighters couldn’t immediately fight the fire because of electrical power in the metal building causing unsafe conditions and then attempts to turn off the power to the structure were hampered when the power box melted due to the heat.
The structure was also set far off the road and made it hard for crews to get water to the fire.
Crews had to stretch out over 1800 feet of hose in order to get water to spray onto the building.
Cold temperatures mixed with the water created ice on the fire gear, equipment and walkways.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.