8 Apts Destroyed In Indy Morning Fire (NBC33 VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch - INC

Credit: WTHR

8 Apts Destroyed In Indy Morning Fire (NBC33 VIDEO & PHOTOS)


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July 26, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.wthr.com) -- Over 40 people are looking for a place to stay after an apartment fire early Friday morning on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

Crews were called to the Woodridge Apartment Complex at 7126 Rosehill Dr around 1:45 a.m. That's near 71st Street and Michigan Road. Investigators tell Eyewitness News they believe the fire started in the attic of the building, before spreading to eight of the sixteen apartment units inside the building.

Witnesses are calling Joseph Crockett a hero, after they say he alerted many of them to the fire.

"[I] ran in the building started kicking and banging on everyone's door told them to get out the house the house is on fire. Basically about it got back on the phone and called 911 again to make sure they was on their way," said Crockett.

Crockett lives in a nearby apartment complex and happened to see the fire break out. "I just feel like I just did something right," Crockett said. "I know what people feel like when they know they just did this cause it was the right thing."

IFD says 16 apartment units in all were damaged. 43 people were displaced by the fire. The only injury in this fire was from an IFD firefighter, who suffered a back injury.

First responders are now trying to find a place for the families affected to stay. Meantime, investigators continue to look for a cause of the flames. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

13 WTHR Indianapolis

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