Five adults and four children displaced following Elkhart apartment fire

ELKHART, Ind.—Five adults and four children were displaced following a fire in an Elkhart apartment that did not have working smoke detectors on October 30, according to the Elkhart Fire Department.

Firefighters were sent to a residence in the 700 block of West Marion Street around 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday for reports of a structure fire.

Crews found fire and heavy smoke throughout the second floor and roof area of the building, which was a large house that was made into six apartments.

Firefighters struggled to reach the fire because of the apartment's layout. The door was reportedly covered with a sheet of drywall, which hid the door from sight, officials said.

No working smoke detectors were found in the apartments that were occupied, officials said.

The Red Cross is assisting the five adults and four children, ages 2-9, who were displaced because of the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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