Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis Fire Department   

Friday August 12, 2022

Working Apartment Fire
7149 Shrewsbury Lane
Meridian South Apartments
Dispatched at 1:51 PM
Multiple calls to 911 reporting fire
First Unit on scene – IFD EG12 at 1:57 PM
Two Story Structure Ordinary Construction
Heavy Fire showing
16 IFD Units Dispatched
5 Pike Township Units Dispatched
IEMS on Scene
IMPD on Scene
IFD Fire Buffs Rehab Support on Scene
4 Handlines – 2 Supply Lines – 2 Aerial Ops
Command Orders Defensive Ops only at 2:07 PM
Utilities Secured
Unclear on working fire alarms in building
Fire under control at 2:44 PM

Primary and Secondary search of entire structure prove all clear at 2:49 PM

Incident Commander – Battalion Chief Dudley Taylor
IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations on scene


10 occupants displaced and 16 units destroyed after heavy fire breaks out at 7149 Shrewsbury Lane in the Meridian South Apartments.  7 of the 16 units were vacant.  IFD and Pike Twp. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing from the attic space of the two story building. As crews tried to establish a fast attack water supply – utilizing the red private hydrants inside the complex – they were met with one hydrant completely inoperable and one hydrant with critically low pressure.  Additional incoming units utilized the teal citizens energy hydrants, outside the complex, to establish a sufficient water supply – but not before the fire took hold and ripped through the common attic space along the entire structure.

Command ordered defensive operations only. Multiple handlines and master streams brought the fire under control in 1 hour with no injuries. IFD victims assistance worked with Red Cross and apartment management for shelter. 4 pets were brought out by firefighters with one – an injured kitten – taken to Noah’s Animal hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Credit: Rita Reith / MPIO