FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that forced six people to evacuate an apartment building Thursday morning in south Fort Wayne.

Shortly before 1 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of a fire in an apartment in the 300 block of East Dewald Street. FWFD said when fire crews arrived, they found smoke coming out of the second floor of a house split into multiple apartments.

First responders at the scene of the early morning fire in the 300 block of East Dewald Street

FWFD said firefighters had to force their way inside the apartment involved in the fire. When firefighters got inside, they found flames coming from the kitchen. FWFD said it took about 15 minutes to get the blaze under control.

The apartment involved in the fire suffered moderate damage. Six people were inside the building at the time, and FWFD said all six were able to get out safely. Crews remained on the scene after the fire was brought under control to overhaul the building and check for any fire that may have extended into other areas of the building.

AEP, NIPSCO, FWFD, TRAA, and Neighborhood Code Enforcement responded and assisted at the scene of the fire. According to FWFD, the cause of the fire is not yet known. The fire remains under investigation.