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Fire breaks out overnight at Hammond High Rise Housing Complex – NBC Chicago

The Hammond Fire Department responded to a fire that broke out overnight at a high-rise housing complex for people receiving housing assistance.

The fire started at 2:40 a.m. in an apartment building on Michigan St. and Sohl Ave. in Hammond, near the Illinois and Indiana border.

According to authorities, the fire started in an apartment on the 9th floor of the building. When the crews arrived at the unit, they found a dead man.

Eight apartments are currently uninhabitable due to damage.

Authorities are still working to determine the cause of the fire. Foul play is not suspected.

The video shows several Indiana fire engines and ambulances outside a skyscraper. Rescue ladders can be seen reaching to the top of the building, where burnt apartments are visible.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to indicate that seniors do not live exclusively in the building.

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