COLUMBUS, Indiana — A late-night residential fire at Stonegate Apartments in has left 28 individuals without a home.
All 12 units in the building at 201 Stonegate Drive on the city’s east side were evacuated, and no one was injured, said Capt. Michael Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department.
Firefighters, responding to an 11:30 p.m. Saturday call, arrived about seven minutes later and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the south side of a two-story building within the complex.
Firefighters initially entered the structure and made an aggressive attack, but intense flames and smoke forced them to continue fighting the fire from an exterior position, Wilson said.
As the fire intensified, flames entered the attic and quickly spread throughout the roof line, he said. As the fire continued to burn, flames breached the roof and portions of it collapsed, Wilson said.
Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control by using an aerial platform and a deluge gun, he said.
The cause of the fire was undetermined as of midday Sunday, and remained under investigation, he said. No damage estimates were immediately available.
See Monday’s Republic for additional information.