FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Smoke could be seen from Roanoke from a structure fire in Fort Wayne—that according to an eye witness.
Just before noon, Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) responded to a call of a structure fire at 1122 W. Wayne St. When they arrived, they saw smoke and flames coming out of a three story building with five apartment units inside. Only three units were occupied at the time of the fire, and all residents escaped without injury.
Firefighters did their best to salvage everything inside the building, including Christmas gifts.
“Crews were able to make entry and salvage some Christmas presents and pieces,” said Stacey Fleming, FWFD Public Information Officer. “[Firefighters were] trying to salvage everything that we could. This is just a horrible time for the residents involved in this.”
Residents reported two cats to be missing. Fire crews managed to find and rescue one cat, but the other is still unaccounted for.
The building, which was built in approximately 1880, sustained heavy fire, water and smoke damage.
FWFD had five fire units on the scene, and the fire was never officially coded under control. The cause of the fire is still unkown, but firefighters suspect the blaze possibly started on the third floor and spread to the knee walls and attic of the building. The fire is still under investigation.
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