January 30, 2019-After a day long search in deadly temperatures, Hammond firefighters located the body of a resident who perished in a fire in the 2700 block of 163rd Place. Coroner Investigators were recalled to the scene at approximately 5:25 p.m. tonight. Family members posted on social media all day asking for prayers for their grandmother who lived in the home. According to a source, firefighters located the elderly female resident on a couch inside the now burned out home.
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.
According to Paul Goddard of SVL Media who has been on scene since early this morning, city crews were attempting to use heavy equipment to remove frozen rubble in order to assist in the search efforts. That equipment then froze up, prompting fire officials to seek other means to search the ice soaked, burned out, residence.