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Fire seriously damages home; cause under investigation, firefighters say

Fire seriously damages home; cause under investigation, firefighters say

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Firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to a house fire in the area of U.S. 6 and McCool Road in South Haven.

SOUTH HAVEN — A fire caused serious damage to a family's South Haven home after flames spread through the back of the single-story residence. 

Firefighters responded at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday to smoke coming from the roof of a house at 410 West U.S. 6, said South Haven Fire Department Deputy Chief Brandon Cotton.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames in the rear of the home and called for additional crews. 

Within 50 minutes, the fire was under control, Cotton said. U.S. 6 was briefly closed to run a hose across it to the house and public safety officials salted the roadway. 

Hammond police taped off an area in the first block of Rimbach Street while they investigated a report of a shooting at an apartment home in the area. A male, whose age and residence were not immediately disclosed, was found shot to death at the scene, Lt. Steve Kellogg said.

No residents were home at the time and there were no injuries reported. 

The blaze caused extensive damage to the rear of the house, said Portage Fire Department Chief Randy Wilkening. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Several fire department crews were called to assist South Haven on scene including firefighters from Portage, Union Township, Porter, Liberty Township, a Northwest Health ambulance and Burns Harbor.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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