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UPDATE: Nine Families Displaced By Batesville Apartment Building Fire

Posted On February 06, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

A large fire broke out at a Batesville apartment building Monday morning, February 6. Photo provided.

Update published at 2:55 p.m.:

Firefighters remain on the scene of the large apartment building fire in downtown Batesville as of 2:45 Monday afternoon. A possible cause of the blaze has yet to be released.

 

The City of Batesville says nine families living in the apartments have been directly impacted by the fire.

“My prayers are with the individuals impacted by this tragedy. I am grateful to the many first responders from around the area who worked to limit the spread of the fire. The City’s focus right now is on the victims and I believe our community can rally together to help them get back on their feet,” said Mayor Mike Bettice.

The city is coordinating an effort to set those families up with cash and clothing. Community members are encouraged to drop off donations by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8 at the Batesville Memorial Building, 132 S. Main Street. The City can be reached at (812) 933-6100 or after hours at (812) 363-3645.

The American Red cross is also providing assistance to the victims.  The Red Cross can be reached (812) 265-3818 or 404 E Main St, Madison, IN 47250.

 

Original story published at 12:40 p.m.:

(Batesville, Ind) – Several families are said to be displaced after a fire Monday morning in downtown Batesville.

The fire was reported at around 9:00 a.m. at an apartment building near the intersection of Pearl and Walnut streets. Firefighters from Batesville and a number of surrounding departments remain on-scene as of 12:30 p.m. fighting the active fire.

Witnesses reported a large plume of smoke billowing from the building.

It is unclear if anybody was injured in the fire.

Eagle Country 99.3 will update this story as more information is made available.