Fire Devastates City Owned Building Downtown Hammond

An early morning fire left a shell of a building in the middle of the 5200 block of Hohman Avenue, Hammond

Photo courtesy of Tiara Krezman. All rights reserved

April 29, 2018-An early morning blaze destroyed a building which the City of Hammond acquired last year as a part of a settlement in a lawsuit. Firefighters were called to the Struabe Building, 5251 Hohman Avenue before 5:00 a.m. this morning. Hammond Fire officials have not yet released a statement but multiple individuals were on scene. Firefighters could be seen fighting the blaze for hours and were still on scene at 8:30 a.m. today and may be there as late as noon today. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but the building will clearly need to be demolished.

Numerous photos and videos of the scene appear on the Facebook Page What’s Going on in Hammond, IN  

The City of Hammond acquired the building in December, 2017 for $100,000 according to records maintained by Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince:

Owner / Transfer History

Hammond Redevelopment Commission
5925 Calumet AVE
Hammond   IN   46320
12/19/2017 Hammond Redevelopment Commission
04/20/2010 Ray Rapchak Holdings Inc
01/01/1900 FUNK, R CORDELL ET AL


Building before the fire, courtesy of Google Earth:

We will update this story as additional information becomes available.


  1. The city acquired it in December as a result of a lawsuit settlement, and now it is toast? Interesting, VERY interesting !
    It is a shame that another one of the last historic buildings in downtown Hammond is now gone. 🙁 There is virtually nothing of historic significance left in Hammond.

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