IFD investigating apartment complex fire that appears to have been deliberately set

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) is investigating an early morning fire at an apartment complex which appears to have been deliberately set.

When units arrived at The Woods apartments off of Nobscot Rd. on the near northwest side, they saw smoke pouring from the front door of the three story building. Firefighters heard voices yelling for help and rescued three people from a third floor balcony via a ladder.

The 10-year-old boy, his mother and a 45-year-old woman made it out safely but were taken to a nearby hospital just to be checked out.

All six units of the building have been evacuated. IFD says its unclear how long those 12 tenants will be displaced.

The majority of the damage is limited to the front hallway of the building. IFD says its investigators are looking at the fire as intentionally set, but did not elaborate as to why.

Ten units from IFD and one from Pike Township responded, creating a large presence at the complex. Battalion Chief Rick Longerich estimates the damage to the building at roughly $50,000.

Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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