UNION TOWNSHIP | An early morning fire Thursday destroyed a row of apartments on U.S. 30 at County Road 600 West.
No injuries were reported, but three families were displaced by the fire, which gutted three units of the five-unit building, said Union Fire Rescue Chief Tim Beach.
The Porter County Red Cross assisted those families with housing.
The fire at 597 West U.S. 30 was reported at 1:44 a.m. and flames were showing through the roof of the building when the first firefighters arrived, Beach said. The apartments are just east of Gaucho's Brazilian Steak and Seafood.
Beach said Sheriff’s Department officers were first on the scene and made sure the apartments were not occupied.
Beach said it appears the fire started in unit No. 3, which was not occupied and was being remodeled.
The cause of the fire is not known and is under investigation.
Beach said a second similar unit was not damaged, but NIPSCO shut off gas and electric service to the area, meaning residents of the second building cannot yet return.
Fire departments from Valparaiso, Portage, Boone Grove, South Haven and Washington Township provided mutual aid. Porter EMS and the Porter County Highway Department also were called to assist.