A woman was killed and her 11-year-old son was seriously injured after a fire broke out in an apartment complex in Indianapolis.
The fire broke out in the garage of the two-storey Meadow Lake apartments around 7:30 am, and it was called up after witnesses saw it from the highway, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.
A fire department spokeswoman confirmed that the people, 42, and her young son had been rescued from the second floor, and were taken to local hospitals in critical condition.
She announced her death after about 20 minutes, while her son is still in critical condition.
The fire department said that a firefighter at the accident site sustained heat-related injuries, while a 26-year-old man was taken to hospital for possible smoke inhalation. He also killed a dog, a 3-year-old pit bull named Diamond.
The fire department said that all four units in the apartment were considered a “complete loss” due to the fire, water and smoke damages in the wake of the fire, which also destroyed five cars and took about an hour to control them.
Fourteen people from four different families were displaced by the fire, the cause of which remains unclear.