INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - More than 40 Hoosiers are without a home after a fire struck a building at the Timber Point Apartments twice.
Firefighters responded to the complex the first time around 5:45 Monday evening. Crews had to call in extra resources and battled the blaze for several hours.
Thirty of the building's 43 residents were home at the time of the fire and they all made it out safely. About half of the units had severe fire damaged and the others suffered smoke and water damage, according to Indianapolis Fire Department Spokeswoman Rita Reith. Firefighters finally left the scene around midnight, but then at 2 a.m. Tuesday, the fire reignited.
“In this particular instance we’re led to believe some smoldering embers were hiding in that attic space and just took hold, they reignited," Reith said.
Reith added the firewall in the building stopped the fire spreading to the units on the other side, but some of embers must have blown over the fire wall to the that roof and she believes that is what started the second fire.
Tanya Young has lived in the complex for four years and is now dealing with the loss of her home.
"I’m still trying to process what’s happened and deal with it," Young said. “We have nothing. You have to start over.”
In between the fires, Young was able to go back into her apartment and found one of her cats, but one is still missing. Her apartment was destroyed during the second blaze.
“It’s not so much the things," Young said. "You know it’s hard to lose everything, but it’s mainly I can’t find my cat.”
Young asks anyone that might find her cat to contact the apartment complex.
Firefighters are still looking into the cause of the fire, which they said caused more than $1 million worth of damage.
The Red Cross is assisting those 43 people who lived in that building with clothes and shelters until they can get back on their feet and into a new home.