A fire at central Indiana's Pendleton Correctional Facility has been extinguished after heavily damaging one of the prison complex's buildings.
Indianapolis fire officials have doubled the estimated loss from a fast-moving fire that destroyed a truck stop on the city's south side.
Public safety officials expressed no interest in a compromise to fund the fire tower, leading the Hamilton County Council to not take a vote on the $568,000 proposal.
Brian Sanford, who has led the department since 2008, will remain in the position until a replacement can be found.
The City-County Council will decide Monday whether to create a committee to scrutinize the Regional Operations Center, which Public Safety Director Troy Riggs vacated in September over safety concerns.
After saying in August he would revoke raises for police officers and firefighters, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has agreed in principal to a new contract that would delay a 3 percent salary hike by six months.
The Republican mayor's administration also is trying to renegotiate scheduled 3 percent pay raises for officers and firefighters for $5.5 million in budget cuts.
The Friday blaze engulfed a four-story, 28-unit apartment building due to open this fall as part of the $34 million 16 Park project. The Indianapolis Housing Agency says construction will resume as soon as possible.
State budget officials said Indiana took in $2.5 million from the special 5-percent public safety tax on fireworks during the 2011 fiscal year that ended June 30. That indicates about $51 million in retail fireworks sales around the state during that time.
The city plans to open police-and-fire hubs in two former IPS schools, retrofit
an Eastgate mall department store into an Emergency Operations Center, and build at least two fire stations.