Four firefighters with the Indianapolis Fire Department were injured while battling a blaze in a far-southside apartment complex Friday afternoon.
Around 100 firefighters responded to a three-alarm blaze in the 5500 block of Rue Royale in the Regency Park South Apartment complex, IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith said in a news release.
Dispatchers received multiple reports of heavy fire coming from one of the apartments, near the intersection of Epler Avenue and Ind. 135, around 2:30 p.m.
The first units arrived on scene at 2:33 p.m. and two additional alarms calling an additional 27 units from IFD, Greenwood and Beech Grove fire departments were sounded within the next 15 minutes. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 3:06 p.m.
IFD Lt. Daniel Marden and Pvt. Matt Myers were “catching the hydrant,” or hooking a water supply line to the hydrant, when the line snared and tossed them into the air, Reith said.