HAMMOND | Hammond firefighters rescued a woman from her burning home early Friday.
Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Margraf said firefighters were called at 6:19 a.m. to the home in the 6500 block of Rhode Island Avenue in Hammond for a report from neighbors of flames coming from the home.
The neighbor told crews she and her son ran across the street and started pounding on the front door hoping to wake the 75-year-old resident.
Firefighters found the woman, who was overcome by smoke, near the back door of the home. She was initially transported to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago before being taken by helicopter to a trauma center in Chicago, Margraf said.
The woman was doing "remarkably well," Margraf said, saying the transfer was solely precautionary to monitor her for smoke inhalation given her age.
The woman's dog did not survive, Margraf said.
Firefighters and investigators remained on scene until 10:30 a.m., he said. Investigators believe the fire started in or near the master bedroom.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.