A call to investigate a report of smoke turned into a fire run at Hunters Point Apartments at about 3 p.m. Sunday.
Crews from Zionsville Fire Department and other agencies responded to the fire, which was contained to one apartment at 241 Hunters Trail, just off of Ford Road, near Dominion Drive.
Damage was limited to the single apartment, which was largely vacant at the time of the fire. Residents were in the process of moving in, but were not present when the fire started.
Zionsville Fire Chief James VanGorder Monday said the investigation into the fire is complete and that it was accidental.
He said the stove was accidentally turned on, likely when someone set a box on it. That box and the cabinets burned, but since the residents didn't have many of their belonging moved in and the cabinets were empty, the fire had little fuel, helping to keep it contained.
VanGorder said a resident in the building made the first report of the smell of smoke coming from a second-floor apartment, and the first responder to the apartment felt the door before opening it and — feeling that it was hot — called for backup. Residents in the building were evacuated for about an hour while firefighters determined the fire had not spread beyond that apartment. Because the apartment was nearly empty with few combustibles, firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control quickly, and with very little water damage.
All of the damage was within the apartment, and most of the $50,000 in damage was to the apartment structure itself.
VanGorder said the occupants were moving in from another county, and said they didn't need victims' assistance.
Whitestown Fire Department assisted ZFD at the scene, and Pike Township Fire Department provided fill-in coverage at ZFD Station 91.