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44 people displaced after apartment fire on city’s south side

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Dozens of people were displaced after a fire at an apartment building on the city’s south side overnight.

According to Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith, fire crews were called to Greentree Apartments just after 11:30 p.m. Friday on reports of a fire at the complex. That’s at 2524 Tamarack Lane near Madison Avenue and East Stop 11 Road.

When fire crews arrived they found heavy fire showing through the roof and on the first and second floors of one of the apartment buildings.

The fire was under control about 40 minutes after crews arrived on the scene.

Reith said no one was injured, but two Southport police officers were checked for smoke inhalation. They were not transported to the hospital.

Forty-four people were displaced due to the fire. Reith said both the Red Cross and IFD Victims Assistance were helping the displaced residents.

Reith said the fire started on the first floor and spread to the second floor. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire and the cost of the damage done. Tenants told investigators they had experienced electrical issues during the night, including lights flickering and a clock on a stove having to be reset several times.

It is also unclear if the smoke alarms in the building were working, Reith said.