Speedway 3-alarm fire damages 42 units, injures 2 people

One firefighter and one resident were hurt in a 3-alarm fire that destroyed several apartments in Speedway Thursday.

Speedway, Ind.

One firefighter and one resident were hurt in a 3-alarm fire that destroyed several apartments in Speedway Thursday.

The Indianapolis Fire Department, Pike Township, Wayne Township, Avon and Speedway crews spent several hours battling the fire.

The fire broke out in the 2000 block of High Eagle Trail at Eagle Lake Landing around 6:40 p.m. It took crews nearly three hours to get the blaze under control.

Three units caught fire. The fire quickly spread to the roof of adjacent units. Firefighters were evacuated after officials determined the structure was unstable.

The complex had recently completed a renovation. It had new smoke detectors throughout. The smoke detectors and helpful neighbors helped residents escape.

"I saw smoke in the hallway, saw they were banging on other doors. I just grabbed my dog and ran out. I didn't think about a phone or keys or anything like that," victim Chelsey Minnich said.

IndyGo buses were brought in to evacuate residents as the fire continued to blaze. The Red Cross has stepped in to help displaced families.

"It's a pretty big fire. A total of 42 of the 62 units were occupied. About 25 of those units have heavy damage and we have several occupants who are displaced at this point," said Mark Watson, Speedway Fire Department.
 
Several pets were lost in the fire. The firefighter and resident were treated at the scene.

It is not clear at this time what caused the fire.

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