INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 15, 2015) — Fire crews spent hours fighting a fire that started in a barn and spread to a home that was sitting next to it.
The Indianapolis Fire Department spent the better part of Sunday evening fighting a stubborn barn fire.
The fire broke out in the 10700 block of Indian Creek Road just before 6 p.m. and ended up injuring two firefighters.
One of the firefighters was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital to be checked out for exhaustion and one was taken to a clinic for a slight injury.
The barn was next to the owner’s home, with a family of three inside but none of them were injured.
Because of the fire, two cats are unaccounted for, a 10-week-old named Batman and a 5-year-old named Freddie.
A smoke detector in the home alerted the family to the fire and they were able to evacuate safely.
Once firefighters arrived, they couldn’t immediately fight the fire because power in the metal building caused unsafe conditions to fight the fire.
Fire crews attempted to turn the power off from the power box, but found the box had melted due to the heat.
The structure was also set far off the road that it caused issues for crews trying to get water to the fire.
Crews had to stretch out over 1800 feet of hose in order to get water to spray onto the building.
Cold temperatures mixed with the water created ice on the fire gear, equipment and walkways.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.