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Fire damages homeless shelter near downtown

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- A Monday afternoon fire at a homeless shelter temporarily displaced 80 adults and caused $70,000 damage, Indianapolis Fire Department said. 

Fire crews were called about 3:20 p.m. to Good News Ministries. That's east of downtown at the corner of North Rural and East Washington streets. East Washington Street was closed while crews investigated the fire. 

No injuries were reported. Most of the 85 men who stayed at the facility Sunday night were able to return Monday night. The building was left with a hole in the roof and many mattresses were waterlogged. The shelter can hold up to 120 men a night. 

People who were at the facility when the fire broke out were evacuated into an alley near the building. The American Red Cross in Indianapolis was providing assistance. 

Good News Ministries is a refuge the the homeless. The facility also provides after-school programs for children and an at-risk program for teens. 

No additional information was available on the cause of the fire.


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