UPDATE: Woman dies from her injuries after being rescued by firefighters from FOP Lodge blaze

The ruins left. (This photo by Bob Wellinski, WNLP

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UPDATE JAN. 4 EVENING: The woman who was rescued by firefighters from the 2nd floor of the burning FOP Lodge has died of her injuries. She was identified as Vicky Cummings, 60, the FOP’s bartender. She lived in the apartment on the lodge’s second floor. For more information, click on this WSBT-TV link:



A woman was critically injured in a fire that destroyed Fraternal Order of  Police Lodge 75 on Johnson Road in Trail Creek early Thursday morning, Jan. 4, 2018. Firefighters rescued the woman from an apartment above the lodge; a man who also lived in the upstairs apartment escaped by jumping from a second-story window. A Coolspring Township firefighter was also injured.

According to the Michigan City Fire Department: “Michigan City Engine 4 and Tower One arrived on scene first (at about 3:30 a.m.) with Coolspring arriving seconds after. Units arriving were notified that a victim was still upstairs in the apartment above the lodge. Engine company 4 crew attempted to enter through the east end of the building. Tower One attempted to ladder the building and gain access to the victim. Driver Operator Andrew Belue and Coolspring Firefighter Mike Lusco were able to gain access through a second-story window and rescue the victim. There were two occupants in the above apartment and the first occupant was able to escape through a second story window prior to arrival. He was able to advise responding units that a second victim was still in the apartment.” 

Fire department officials also credited 911 dispatchers for the woman’s rescue. “Thanks to the quick actions of LaPorte County 911 Dispatch, Michigan City Fire quickly realized the severity of the incident and called for Mutual Aid without being requested by Coolspring. Michigan City Chief Mick Pawlik gave credit to 911 for their quick actions that helped play a pivotal role in the rescue of the second victim.”

The injured Coolspring firefighter was hurt when he slipped on the ice.

Emergency responders battled the fire in subzero conditions. “Along with severe weather conditions and the lack of fire hydrants in the area, the water supply had to be shuttled in by tankers, which made attacking the fire interior very difficult,” according to MCFD. 

“This fire is considered to be a total loss. D&M Excavating is on scene assisting with making the structure safe so fire investigators can gain access to investigate the cause.”

Besides MCFD and Coolspring Fire Department, also responding in the frigid conditions were Michiana Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, Michigan City Police Department, LaPorte County EMS, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, NIPSCO, Trail Creek Police, and Michigan City Street Department.

One Response to “UPDATE: Woman dies from her injuries after being rescued by firefighters from FOP Lodge blaze”

  1. kal

    Jan 04. 2018

    So Very Sorry

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