A neighbor who helped rescue a Hammond couple from their burning home this morning is being called a hero for his actions. Hammond Chief Fire Inspector Michael Opinker told the Region News Team they believe the fire started in the home's bathroom but the cause is undetermined. Chief Inspector Opinker says the husband escaped out the side door of the home, with the help of the neighbor, who also helped the man's wife out the window of a bedroom.
Opinker says the woman was transferred to St. Margaret's for smoke inhalation and her condition is unknown, while the husband was treated at the scene. Opinker says, in his eyes, the man is a hero because he saved both of their lives.
He says crews were called to the scene, in the seven-thousand block of Arizona Avenue, about 10:20am, from the Hessville area, but only one engine was able to quickly get to the scene due to train blockage on Arizona and 173rd.