Hammond garage destroyed by fire

2014-04-17T08:42:00Z 2014-04-17T16:36:06Z Hammond garage destroyed by fireLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | An attached garage on a home in Hammond was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, fire officials said.

Chief Fire Inspector Michael Opinker said firefighters were called at 6:30 p.m. to the home in the 7400 block of Arizona Avenue for a call of a fire at a home there.

Opinker said firefighters could see thick, black smoke in the sky as they pulled out of the station.

When crews arrived, the found the attached garage on the single-family home fully engulfed in flamed. The two residents of the home were not injured.

The residents told police they were having problems with a vehicle earlier and pulled it in to the garage. About an hour later, they were upstairs when the smelled smoke, look outside and saw flames coming from the garage.

The fire was extinguished in about 45 minutes, Opinker said. Crews remained on scene until around 8:30 p.m.

Opinker said the garage was destroyed in the blaze and the home suffered extensive smoke and fire damage.

Opinker said the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. The vehicle in the garage was towed from the scene and secured as part of the investigation, he said.

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