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two women severely burned in lp fire

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 15:26 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News


Two women were airlifted Wednesday with burns over most of their bodies from a fire in their apartment house in LaPorte.

LaPorte Fire Chief Andy Snyder called the burns ''life threatening.''

He said the women, whose names were not immediately available, were in critical condition.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office due to the severity of the injuries was contacted to assist in trying to determine the cause of the 8 a.m. fire at E. Maple Ave. and Woodward St. on the city's east side.

Snyder said one of the possibilities being looked is whether there was some type of internal explosion.

Matt Mueller, who lives next door at 109 Woodward St., said he was taking his dogs out into his backyard when he heard what sounded like a ''big rush of air.''

''Whoosh,'' he said.

Next, Mueller said he saw ''a bunch of stuff blow out of their back door'' and heard people screaming ''call 911,'' he said.

Mueller said some of the airborne debris struck a fence across an alley 100 feet or more from the back of the residence.

''It got that far,'' he said.

Upon arrival, Snyder said flames were shooting out of a first floor window.

One of the women lived in a downstairs apartment.

The other woman resided in a second floor unit.

He said both women made it outside on their own.

"Both of the patients were out of the structure when we arrived on scene," Snyder said.

The women were taken by ambulance to LaPorte Hospital to await the arrival of helicopters for outside care of their severe burns.
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