Passerby sees apartment building fire, alerts residents

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man driving along Airport Expressway saw a fire coming from a Willow Creek Crossing apartment building early Saturday morning before alerting the people who live there.

Firefighters work on the rear of an apartment building on Mill Run Road.
Firefighters work on the rear of an apartment building on Mill Run Road.

Fire crews were called to the building on Mill Run Road, on the south side of the complex that sits on Lower Huntington Road, just before 3:30 a.m.  A large response of about 10 fire vehicles rushed to the complex.

Firefighters found fire coming from the rear of the building. It spread to the attic and roof area.

The fire was under control about 30 minutes later, but crews stayed at the scene for several hours.

Someone who lives in the building where the fire happened told NewsChannel 15 he rushed out of his apartment when the stranger knocked on the door, telling him about the fire.

He also said other neighbors were woken up the same way and were also able to get out safely.

Two apartments were damaged by the fire. Two others had water damage. The building also suffered heavy smoke damage.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.