INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Twenty six people have been displaced following a two alarm apartment fire Wednesday morning on the city's northwest side.
Shortly after 4 a.m., Indianapolis fire crews were called to the Stratford Apartments, 5120 Hillsboro Dr., which is near West 30th Street and Moller Road.
As fire units were on their way to the fire scene, they reported seeing flames through the roof of the two story apartments. Once they arrived, they immediately called for additional fire units to help battle the flames.
Due to the extent of the fire, firefighters took a defensive attack on the blaze. The fire was brought under control 1 hour 40 minutes later. It took 19 units, including those from the Speedway Fire Department and Indianapolis Emergency Medics.
All occupants escaped the fire and there have been no reports of injuries.
Displaced residents have been offered shelter at the apartment complex clubhouse. Indianapolis Fire Department Victims Assistance and Red Cross is also working to provide additional support.
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Fire investigators say the fire was accidental. An electrical problem near the roof line is believed to have touched off the blaze.
A release says 8 units suffered extensive fire and smoke damage although firefighters were able to reduce damage to the four remaining units to water and light smoke damage. Damage has been estimated at $250,000.
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