Working Apartment Fire with possible entrapment
Darien Court
Lakes at Crossbridge Apartments

Date: Friday January 29, 2021

Alarm Dispatched at 4:27 PM
Multiple calls to 911 reporting fire – marked working prior to arrival
First Unit on scene – City of Lawrence LD38 at 4:30 PM
Three Story Ordinary Construction
Heavy Fire showing
21 IFD Units Dispatched
4 City of Lawrence Fire Units Dispatched
6 Handlines – 2 Supply Lines – 1 Aerial Op
All occupants evacuated prior to arrival
Working Smoke Alarms – activated and alerted residents
Utilities Secured
Primary search of building proved all clear at 4:40 PM – Entrapment unfounded
Water on the fire in apartment 235 at 4:31 PM
Command orders Second Alarm at 4:45 PM
Command orders evacuation of structure at 4:54 PM
Command orders Defensive Operations at 4:54 PM
Command resumes Offensive Operations at 5:12 PM
Report of collapse inside the structure at 5:18 PM
Exterior collapse reported at 5:34 PM
Multiple collapses of the exterior continued throughout the duration

1 City of Lawrence Firefighter sustained slight injury – transported for checkout – 5:28 PM
Fire under control at 6:02 PM
1 EG and 1 LD re-dispatched to the scene for additional hot spots extinguishment at 8:44 PM
IMPD on Scene
IEMS on Scene
Incident Commander – Battalion Chief Paul McCrary
IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations – Fire under investigation
Fire originated in apartment 235 on the second floor – occupant of the apartment left the scene
All 12 Units affected by Heavy Fire, Smoke or Water damage – building is a total loss
Total of 21 occupants displaced
IFD Victims Assistance is working with Indy American Red Cross for shelter

1 cat named Carter, originally unaccounted for, was located by IFD firefighters at 6:30 PM – hiding in the corner of a closet on the first floor.  Crews were conducting additional searches of the entire bldg. The barely breathing cat was supplied oxygen via the Project Breathe Mask and revived quite well.  The owner was going to take the cat to a nearby Vet.

-Submitted by Rita L Reith, MPIO