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Squatters likely to blame for fire at vacant building

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Crews with the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the city’s northwest side Wednesday morning.

According to the department, the fire happened at building in the 3000 block of West 16th Street just before 8 a.m.

Crews got the fire under control within in minutes of arriving on scene.

The department said the fire was caused by squatters living in the vacant structure when a fire they were using to get warm got out of control.

There were no injuries involved in the fire.

Damage to the structure has been estimated at $30,000.