Indianapolis Fire Department
Monday April 11, 2022
Working Apartment Fire
Pine Glen Apartments
Dispatched at 3:38 AM
Multiple calls to 911 reporting fire and entrapment
First Unit on scene – EG23 at 3:43 AM
Two Story Structure Ordinary Construction
Fire showing from the first and second floor
14 IFD Units Dispatched
IEMS on Scene
IMPD on Scene
4 Handlines – 2 Supply Lines
Aggressive interior attack
Utilities Secured – power shut off to entire structure
Unclear on working smoke alarms
Primary and Secondary search proved all clear at 4:04 AM
Fire under control at 4:14 AM
Incident Commander – Battalion Chief Todd Felgen
IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations on scene
Male (70) occupant of fire apartment, told firefighters that he knocked over a chair, which knocked over a candle and caught a blanket on fire. The man attempted to extinguish the blaze but was unsuccessful. He evacuated the apartment and the fire quickly took off. IEMS medics checked the man at the scene and transported him with slight injuries to Eskenazi.
IFD Firefighters made entry into the structure and assisted approximately 20 occupants from the building. Multiple trapped occupants gave 911 dispatchers their exact location inside the structure, including their apartment number, which helped firefighters locate them quickly and remove them to safety.
Prior to firefighters arrival, IMPD officers assisted a woman and her two children off the backside of the structure as she handed the children (ages 2 & 3) out the window on the second floor. They were uninjured. No units on the backside of the structure were affected by fire.
The fire originated in an apartment on the first floor, on the front side, spread to the apartment above and heavily involved the attic space. 4 units were affected by fire, water or smoke damage, the other units were affected by utility shut off. IFD Victims Assistance is working with apartment management and Red Cross for shelter.
Credit: Rita L Reith, MPIO