FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fire badly damaged an apartment building within the Canterbury Green Apartments complex early Tuesday.
Fort Wayne Fire crews were called around 9 a.m. Tuesday to an apartment building at 2718 Canterbury Blvd. At least 10 Fort Wayne Fire engines, including three ladder trucks, arrived to find heavy smoke consuming the building that sits across from the complex’s leasing office.
Firefighters battled flames inside the 22-unit building for about an hour. After it was deemed under control, fire spokesman Adam O’Connor said about half of the building’s apartments sustained damage – most on the second floor.
Dozens of residents who inhabited the building were evacuated, O’Connor said. There have been no reports of injuries.
It’s not clear what caused the fire. One resident told NewsChannel 15 that an “extremely loud boom” sounded off and smoke began to rise from the structure.
A battalion chief said that investigators believed lightning struck the building and that they were just trying to determine where. O’Connor couldn’t say definitively that it was a result of a lightning strike until investigators determine that.
More than 40 firefighters fought the blaze. Engines lined the main drag of the sprawling campus while crews worked. Ambulances were also at the scene.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the victims affected by the fire.