Fire tears through Fort Wayne apartment building

Firefighters battle a fire in the Golfview Apartments complex on Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Photo by Michael Bird)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A major fire badly damaged an apartment building on Fort Wayne’s northeast side Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters were called just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday to the Golfview Apartments in the 6500 block of St. Joe Road, across from Shoaff Park, on a report of a fire there. A building in the complex was reportedly fully engulfed with flames when crews arrived.

Police said two children were dropped from a second floor apartment to waiting police officers. Three additional people along with numerous pets were rescued from 1st and 2nd floor apartments by the Fire Department.

A total of 40 Fort Wayne firefighters were called to the scene.

Firefighters fought the fire from ladders high in the air and from the inside. The fire was deemed under control before 6 p.m.

Two minor injuries were reported, NewsChannel 15 learned.

It’s not clear how the fire started. The cause is not yet known.

According to the Fort Wayne Fire Department, 26 people were affected by the fire and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

St. Joe Road was closed to traffic to allow firefighters to battle the blaze.