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The Indianapolis Fire Department battles a blaze on the city's near northside Friday at 16 Park Apartments near the intersection of 16th and Broadway streets. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Massive fire hits Indianapolis apartment building

INDIANAPOLIS — A 60-unit affordable housing complex in downtown Indianapolis that was scheduled to open this fall has been destroyed by flames.

Indianapolis Housing Agency spokesman Justin Ohlemiler tells The Indianapolis Star that the building destroyed Friday night was part of the 16 Park development. Two other buildings nearby have residents, but a small fire at one of them was quickly extinguished. Still, the American Red Cross is assisting tenants whose power was shut off.

Ohlemiler says the three-building complex cost $34 million.

Indianapolis Fire Lt. Larry Tracy told WISH-TV that several firefighters were overcome by heat and needed medical attention. One firefighter was treated for a possible broken wrist.

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