INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Firefighters are still on the scene of the downtown fire Friday
Early Thursday morning, fire destroyed a $28 million apartment
complex under-construction in downtown Indianapolis. That fire is
still smoldering over 27 hours later.
As of 6:30 a.m., there were six fire trucks still on the scene
putting water on some areas of the building.
Public safety officials say they are concerned that parts of the
building may still collapse due to heavy fire damage and the amount
of water used to fight the flames.
Fire crews have been working around the clock trying to put out
hot spots, and they may have to keep doing that for several
Investigators will also be working at the scene Friday to figure
out what caused the fire.
"They'll start with the owners, they'll start with workers,
they'll start with witnesses, they'll try to see if they can come
up with anything that maybe somebody saw, somebody heard. I'm sure
there are a billion different stories about what people think they
know or saw or whatever about the fire. Hopefully, they'll be able
to come to some conclusion, but it will take a while," said Captain
Rita Reith of the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Captain Reith said due to the magnitude of the fire 12 fire
investigators from IMPD, IFD, and ATF are trying to determine the
cause of the fire. She said it could be days before they determine
No one was injured in the massive fire at the new development
Cosmopolitan on the Canal , an upscale
apartment complex has been under construction for a year now. The
building was just months away from opening its doors. Now, the
developers will have to start all over. The development is
considered a total loss.