INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A 16-year-old girl was forced to climb outside of a window after the apartment she was in caught fire Sunday afternoon.
According to a release, firefighters responded to an apartment fire around 1:16 p.m. in the 1300 block of Riley Place on the city's south side. Heavy smoke was showing from the second floor upon arrival.
The girl told firefighters she was home alone in her mother's apartment and heard the smoke detector go off upstairs. When she went upstairs to investigate, she discovered heavy smoke and climbed out the window. She then dropped onto the grass. She had slight injuries and was treated at the scene.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in 15 minutes.
The cause of the fire was a mattress in the hallway that caught fire and is under investigation.
Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Witt says the damage is estimated at $35,000.
The apartment complex is rented by Olympia Staggers.
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