Mother and kids escape apartment fire at Woods Edge; building evacuated

The fire-gutted remains of a bedroom in the first-floor apartment.

LaPorte County EMS responded as well. Here Emergency Medical Technician Lindsey Barth comforts a 1-year-old girl who fortunately escaped the fire as Paramedic Richard Moneypenny looks on.

The exterior of the apartment’s east side, where most of the fire was contained.

Firefighters work to disconnect the electric service to the affected apartment.

WNLP story and photos by Mike Kellems 
Several residents of an apartment building near Michigan City were fortunate to escape without injury when a fire broke out in a first-floor apartment Saturday morning, Aug. 31, 2019. The call came in shortly before 10 a.m. with first arriving emergency responders reporting heavy smoke and flame coming from an apartment in Building 302 at Woods Edge apartment complex, which is located near the intersection of Woodland Avenue and U.S. 20 in unincorporated LaPorte County. Both Coolspring Township and Michigan City fire departments responded to the call where it was first reported that people were inside the burning building.
Michigan City firefighters were the first to arrive and were able to quickly put a stop to the fire. A mother and three small children who lived in the apartment were able to escape without injury. The remainder of the apartment building was evacuated.
Coolspring Township Fire Chief Mick Pawlik praised the fast response by the Michigan City firefighters. “They have a station that is less than a mile from the location of the fire. With the volume of fire that was involved there is no doubt that their quick response and fast attack prevented this from being a much worse fire. We’ve always had a great working relationship with the Michigan City Fire Department and today is a perfect example of how that relationship pays off. I’m very appreciative for their assistance today.”
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, however nothing suspicious was suspected. The heaviest fire damage was contained to a bedroom in apartment “A,” which is located on the southeast corner of the two-story building. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist residents displaced by the fire.

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