Sue Dahlen contributed to this report
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April 24, 2017-Hammond Fire Fighters responded to call after call last night with at least 4 structure fires included in the mix. All of the fires occurred in the Robertsdale area. The calls included 1 house fire and 3 garage fires and numerous trash can fires throughout the area. We spoke with Battallion Chief Don Koerner on scene who confirmed that arson is suspected in all four blazes. Hammond Police have not yet issued a statement, but Chief Koerner confirmed that a person of interest is in custody. No one was injured in any of the fires, but one cat was burned to death in the garage fire on Lake Street.
The fire on Caroline was called in by a neighbor who saw flames shooting from the vacant house. On Lake, which is steps from the fire station, a neighbor told us that firefighters were refilling with water when they saw the flames shooting from the garage.
Here is what we have derived from the scanner at this point:
- At approximately 4:25 a.m. Fire Fighters were called to 2009 Wespark for a garage fire.
- At approximately 5:30 a.m. Fire Fighters were dispatched to the 1933 Caroline for a fire in a vacant house
- At approximately 5:40 a.m. Fire Fighters were called to 2019 Stanton Avenue for a garage fire.
- At approximately 6:02 a.m. Fire Fighters saw flames shooting from a garage at 2024 Lake Street.
NIPSCO crews could be seen in the area making repairs at multiple locations.