Indianapolis, Indiana – A fire occurred at an apartment building near downtown on Wednesday night, displacing approximately 200 residents.
The fire was reported at 1321 N. Meridian Street, known as Circle City Apartments, around 8 p.m. The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) arrived to address the situation. The fire originated from a unit on the ninth floor of the ten-floor building.
The IFD reported no injuries due to the fire. However, two individuals were assessed on-site for minor smoke inhalation. Firefighters successfully rescued several pets.
By 8:36 p.m., the fire was completely put out.
Early findings by the IFD indicate that an unattended burning candle caused the fire. The resident of the affected unit stated she had briefly left her apartment to attend to laundry, leaving a candle burning. Upon her return, a couch was ablaze. She and a neighboring resident attempted to extinguish the fire but decided to evacuate and dial 911.
The incident prompted a response from 28 IFD units, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services.
Displaced residents will receive support from the IFD Victims Assistance and the Red Cross to find temporary accommodation.