Dozens displaced in NW Indiana apartment fire

HIGHLAND, Ind. — A building at a large apartment complex in Highland, Ind., was damaged in a fire Friday.

The fire broke out around 3 p.m. in a three-story apartment building at the Hampton in Highland Apartments in the 9500 block of Hampton Drive.

The fire spread between the second and third floor.

The entire 24-unit building was evacuated. 75 to 100 residents were displaced.

Firefighters worked for roughly five hours to put the blaze out and fought the fire defensively from outside because the building wasn't stable.

The weather was also a huge challenge.

“It's hard to fight fires in this kind of weather,” Highland Fire Chief Bill Timmer said. “Everything from the hoses freezing on the ground, to the guys slipping and falling, to everything in between.”

Fire officials do not know the cause yet or exactly in which unit the fire started.  The state fire marshal’s office will be stepping in to investigate.

The Red Cross is  helping with temporary housing.

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