Fire in two E.C. buildings displaces 18

2014-05-05T08:24:00Z 2014-05-05T21:43:13Z Fire in two E.C. buildings displaces 18Lauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

EAST CHICAGO | A stubborn fire that jumped to an adjacent apartment building displaced 18 people in East Chicago early Monday.

East Chicago Fire Chief Emiliano Perez said firefighters were called just after 3 a.m. to an apartment building in the 3600 block of Ivy Street. Perez said the fire was in the roof of that building and burned from the front to the back.

"Once it gets into the roof line, it's pretty hard to stop," Perez said.

The fire then spread to an apartment building behind the one in flames. Perez said crews "got a good stop on that one" quickly.

No injuries were reported in the fire, Perez said. Gary firefighters assisted East Chicago in battling the blaze.

The 18 people displaced by the fire are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Fire crews were wrapping up their work at the scene just after 8 a.m., Perez said.

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