FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It took about 40 firefighters to extinguish the flames at Hunt Club Apartments and evacuate more than 50 residents Saturday night.
The Fort Wayne Fire Department responded at 9:21 p.m. and found “advanced fire conditions” pushing out of the top two floors, attic and roof of a three-story building. Crews arrived with six engines and three ladder trucks, and said they got the fire under control in about 40 minutes with a “coordinated attack” from all four sides of the building and aerial master streams from above.
This video from Ethan Staton shows crews working to contain the fire from the ground and from above:
23 out of 24 units were occupied and all evacuated in the area of 7515 and 7525 Saddleback Court. No injuries were reported. FWFD said two cats and an assortment of small pets were brought out by firefighters.
7515 Saddleback Court had heavy damage from fire and water, and moderate smoke damage. 7525 Saddleback Court had relatively minor damage, FWFD said, due to the efforts to contain the fire at its source in the other apartment. The cause of the fire has not been reported.
The American Red Cross was on scene to assist residents who needed a place to stay. FWFD crews said they stayed on scene throughout the night to monitor the aftermath of the incident. The apartments are in Fort Wayne off Illinois road.