January 30, 2019-Hammond fire and rescue crews were called to the 2700 block of 163rd Place at 7:18 a.m. this morning for a call of a structure fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a working fire and learned that a resident was trapped in the blaze. Firefighters braved temperatures of minus 22 degrees according to the National Weather Service. In addition to deadly flames, firefighters struggled to deal with frozen equipment according to information obtained from the scanner. At approximately 7:40 a.m. a firefighter can be heard calling out “I am on a frozen plug” and another firefighter responds “we are look for [another plug] right now.” Despite the challenges, firefighters managed to extinquish the fire.
Ice covered firefighters continued to work the scene at 10:00 a.m. today as coroner investigators arrived on scene. City public works and Emergency Management employees assisted at the scene.
Hammond Fire officials have not yet released a statement on this breaking story and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. We will update it when additional details become available.