Indianapolis Fire Department
October 28, 2011
An alert employee, headed to work, noticed heavy black smoke coming from the hotel where he is employed that sits on the corner of SR37 and Thompson Rd. Exiting off of 465 the employee, Gary Sayers (26) rushed to the front desk and alerted them to call 911. Timothy Hicks (35) who works the front desk, ran to his apartment unit #234, to check on his fiancé Nicole Bauer (27) and their two children ages 8 and 7 months. Just as he was preparing to enter, Nicole and the kids were leaving due to the smell of smoke permeating their apartment. The men told firefighters that the apartment #235 next door was believed to be where the fire started. The occupant of that apartment, Scott Kerns of Edwardsburg, MI was not home and is believed to be at work. Unit #237 was unoccupied as well with the exception of a dachshund puppy who was removed by a maintenance worker and unharmed. No other evacuation was necessary as the majority of the units were unoccupied at the time the fire broke out.
Mr. Hicks has worked at the Kings Inn for 5 years, lived there 1 year and Mr. Sayers, 4 months. The owner stated that he will re-locate the affected occupants inside the complex.