Fire breaks out in cabinet at IMPD Northwest District headquarters

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Scene of the fire.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A fire broke out Thursday night inside IMPD’s Northwest District headquarters.

Firefighters were called to the building near 38th Street and Guion Road just after 9 p.m.

IMPD said a cabinet in the bomb squad area caught fire. Officers used extinguishers until the fire department arrived. The building was evacuated.

In 2013, an inspection by the Indianapolis Fire Department confirmed there was no fire suppression system in the leased building. There were also no smoke detectors, no alarms and broken or inadequate exit signs and emergency lights. Fire extinguishers were found to be unchanged for years.

Due to the age of the building, IFD determined then that it was not required to have a fire suppression system. The building formerly housed an Indy racing team and was leased to the city, without a sprinkler system, in 2007.

IMPD indicated Thursday night that sprinklers had been installed since then, and did not activate during this incident.

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