Unoccupied apartment catches fire

A viewer sent a video to NewsChannel 15 of a fire at a home in the 1000 block of Oneida Street just east of downtown Fort Wayne around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An unoccupied apartment caught fire just east of downtown Fort Wayne Tuesday afternoon.

Crews were called to the tri-plex apartment building in the 1000 block of Oneida Street around 4:30 p.m. Crews arrived to find flames rising from a side window and front door.

Officials said the blaze was contained to the first floor living room. Crews searched the other two apartments and didn’t find anyone inside at the time of the fire. The first floor received heavy smoke and fire damage and the other two units only had light smoke damage.

The blaze was under control in 15 minutes. County warrant officers were serving a warrant across the street when someone alerted them to a fire, officials said.

The American Red Cross was called to help three people who lived in the other apartments and were displaced by the fire. Crews also rescued a pet from the apartment building.