Twenty-four Greenwood families have been displaced by a massive fire fueled by high winds at a Greenwood apartment complex.

The Red Cross has been called to help the families, who lost their homes and belongings when a fire broke out at Emerald Lakes Apartments, near Sheek Road and Main Street, in Greenwood on Wednesday afternoon, Greenwood Fire Department spokesman Chad Tatman said.

No one was injured, and all the pets were successfully rescued during the afternoon blaze, Tatman said.

Maintenance workers at the apartment complex called 911 at 2:14 p.m. The fire quickly spread across the building due to high winds, and flames were coming from the roof. The county was under a wind advisory Wednesday afternoon, which means the area experienced sustained winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour and gusts near 45 miles per hour.

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The blaze was under control by 4:04 p.m., but firefighters remained at the apartment complex Wednesday evening to watch for hot spots, Tatman said.

Investigators will now begin digging out from the damage to determine a cause of the fire, Tatman said. It was too early to say what may have caused the fire, Tatman said.

The building suffered massive damage, and portions of the roof were caved in, he said.

Four apartment units on one end of the building had smoke and water damage only, while homes on the other end of the building had more extensive damage from the fire, he said.

New Whiteland, White River Township and Indianapolis firefighters assisted the Greenwood Fire Department.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.