TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, officials confirmed a fire on the fourth floor of Unit Four of Indiana State University student housing on 3rd and Crawford Streets in Terre Haute.
The Terre Haute Police Department was able to clear people out of the building leaving as many as 28 tenants displaced to be housed in other apartments. Officials hope to get students back in their original apartments within the next few weeks. No injuries were reported.
"I opened the door and it was an officer. He grabbed my hand and said, 'let's go.' I screamed, can I get my animal? He said go! I looked out the corner of my eye and there was fire in the wing and I was like uh oh!," one student said.
Tenants will be able to get back into the building after 3 p.m. today. In addition to the room where the fire started, other rooms sustained smoke and water damage.
The university’s Early Childhood Education Center that is located in another unit of the apartment complex was not affected by the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it is believed to have been accidental.
"Our guys went in, and contacted, went door to door as much as they could, without having smoke equipment to get people out, and it looks like it went very well," ISU PD Chief Bill Mercier said.
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