Firefighters Find Body After Hammond (IN) House Fire

Firefighter with hoseline and firefighter in tower ladder at house fire in snow


Firefighters found a woman’s remains after working for nearly 12 hours in dangerously cold conditions at a house fire in Hammond, Indiana. Fire photographer Tim Olk offered some photos from the scene.

According to, firefighters made entry to the home only to find flames engulfing the rear of the house. The unidentified resident’s body was found at 6:30 p.m. in the building’s basement.

The home’s roof caved into the floor, and the floor caved into the basement, making search operations difficult, the report said. A hydrant and fire truck froze during operations.

According to Olk, the temperature in the area was 20 below zero with a wind chill factor of 50 below. Firefighters in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest have had to contend with excruciatingly cold temperatures while operating of late as “polar vortex” conditions sweep throught the region.



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