SOUTH BEND, lnd. — 2 people were killed and 2 others injured when fire struck a South Bend apartment building early Sunday morning.'
It happened around 4:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of East Haney Avenue.
The building included 4 apartment units.
Two of the victims were children and two adults, although South Bend Fire Chief Steve Cox would not go on the record, saying who lost their lives, since fire crews had to notify family members.
What we do know is there were two children who were quickly pulled from the fire when rescuers arrived on the scene. They were taken to Memorial Hospital along with the two adults. Besides the two victims who died, Cox said another was in critical condition.
Cox said 5 people in all were inside the side of the apartment building where fire struck.
South Bend Battalion Chief David Maenhout told WSBT it appears the blaze started in the living room on the first floor, but he couldn't say what ignited the fire.
Cox said investigators will be out there for days going through the rubble, trying to determine the exact cause of the blaze.
WSBT asked Cox if there were working smoke detectors in the building. He said it is part of the investigation. Maenhout said none of the firefighters recall hearing smoke detectors, but they weren't sure because of all the noise on the scene.
A neighbor said the mother of the two children jumped out of a second story window.
The apartment building is government-subsized and operated by the South Bend Housing Authority, who was called to the scene after the blaze.
Damage is estimated at $50,000.
Police blocked the area around Miami St. and Haney.
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