Fire at Castleton apartment complex all too familiar for residents

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 14, 2015) -- A fire at a north side apartment complex broke out nearly two months to the day of a previous fire that displaced dozens of residents.

The second-story apartment caught fire around 8 p.m. Thursday, in a back building at the Autumn Woods apartments off Allisonville Road. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to put it out.

An Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson said a resident returned home to see smoke coming out of his front door. No one was inside the apartment at the time of the fire, which is believed to have started inside a bedroom.

Neighbor David Johnson was just leaving when he noticed the flames from the parking lot. He and friends rushed inside to get everyone out safely.

"It was just flaming and blazing. A couple people were standing outside and we just ran inside and knocked on people's doors to make sure no one else was in there," Johnson said.

The blaze came almost two months after a two-alarm fire displaced 30 residents, two of which had to be rescued from an upstairs apartment.

No one inside the 12-unit apartment building where Thursday's fire broke out was hurt. Five additional units were damaged by smoke, displacing around 15 residents.

Damage is estimated at $225,000 and investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

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