Fire displaces at least 10, damages 2 buildings in E.C.

2014-01-14T22:25:00Z 2014-01-14T22:28:13Z Fire displaces at least 10, damages 2 buildings in E.C.Elvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
January 14, 2014 10:25 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | A fire Tuesday night in East Chicago displaced at least 10 people and damaged two buildings, officials said.

The blaze started about 8 p.m. in a brick four-unit apartment building at 5031 Tod Ave., East Chicago police said. The residents were able to get out of the building. There were no reports of injuries.

The fire jumped to the house next door at 5029 Tod Ave., police said. Those residents were not injured, and it was unclear if the damage was significant enough to displace the family.

By 9 p.m., firefighters had put out the blaze.

Neighbors and relatives of the tenants huddled together across the street as firefighters continued to go into the apartment building. Many said they didn't know what sparked the fire.

The East Chicago Fire Department said the blaze remained under investigation and didn't say how it started.

East Chicago police said Red Cross workers were on their way from Chicago to help the displaced residents.

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