Crews respond to large building fire in downtown Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A large building fire in downtown Indianapolis sent black smoke spewing into the air Friday morning.

The fire happened at a building at Massachusetts Avenue and College Avenue.

The fire was contained to the roof. IFD crews on the scene said it didn’t appear anyone was hurt. Many people who live there weren’t home, IFD said.

A deck on the roof that was under renovation caught fire. Crews initially thought the whole roof was on fire, but the fire didn’t spread past the roof, according to IFD. Some of the top floor apartments and condos sustained some water damage.

There was a gas grill on the roof, and some “pops” heard coming from the roof may have come from that. Smoke alarms in the building didn’t go off because the fire was located above the line for the alarms. Fire trucks and flashing lights outside woke up people inside.

For now, due to water damage and because the utilities are switched off, residents aren’t allowed inside the building. They may not be able to go back in until Friday night or possibly tomorrow. Residents are being sheltered at the fire union hall across the street.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.