Fire near downtown Indy forces evacuations

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Indianapolis, Ind. A fire that engulfed a sprawling building near downtown Indianapolis Saturday prompted the evacuation of a five-block area and rattled surrounding neighborhoods with exploding propane tanks.

Capt. Rita Burris of the Indianapolis Fire Department says about firefighters from six departments worked to control the fire at the two-story brick building about a mile southwest of downtown Indianapolis.

The fire was reported Saturday afternoon in the mixed-use building that houses tire- and pallet-recycling businesses and storage facilities.

Burris says numerous small propane tanks exploded inside the building, shaking the area.

She says one firefighter injured his knee fighting the blaze, which produced a huge pillar of black smoke.

Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene through Saturday night working to douse the flames.

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