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GRIFFITH — A unit caught fire early Wednesday at Park West Apartments on Reyome Drive, police say. 

Cmdr. Keith Martin said officers arrived at the scene about 2 a.m. and noticed smoke inside the building. Police then began to help residents evacuate, rescuing a woman and her baby while waiting for fire crews. Neither suffered any injury, he said. 

Soon, the Griffith Fire Department arrived and expedited the evacuation process, rescuing four additional people from their balconies. 

Martin said one person was found inside the unit and taken to Community Hospital in Munster. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Several Rescued from apartment Building Fire

Fire fighters respond to a fire at an apartment building in the 1100 block of Reyome Drive early Wednesday morning in Griffith. Several people were rescued, and one man died from the blaze.

Another resident also was taken to the hospital after first declining transport from medics. Martin said two officers were taken to Munster for evaluation, as well. Both have since been treated and released.

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Martin said the fire and smoke damage appears to have been confined to the one apartment, which is on the first floor of the 12-unit building. Residents were able to return to their apartments later that Wednesday. 

Martin said a representative from the Indiana State Fire Marshal — who was on site with the American Red Cross — cannot "rule out that the origin of the fire came from the stove area in the kitchen."

Martin said there were no updates on the case as of Wednesday evening and police will continue to be in contact with the state fire marshal. The investigation remains ongoing. 

Check back at nwi.com for updates as this story develops.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.