Porter, IN – A natural gas explosion is suspected of setting off a house fire Thursday night that injured seven people, including a 3-year-old girl.
The 3-year-old girl was airlifted to a Chicago hospital and the others were taken to other hospitals for treatment, according to the state fire marshal’s office.
The case remains under investigation by state and local fire officials, a spokesman with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security said late Friday morning.
The 3-year-old was airlifted to University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Craig said. Others were taken to Porter Regional Hospital, Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City and Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
A resident living less than one-half mile from the site said he heard an explosion that shook his house. He walked outside and saw fire and smoke.
“We had several bystanders and law enforcement show up and through collective efforts of all of them they were able to find the 3-year-old and get her out and to the ambulance,” he said. “Also during that search they found another female trapped in the building and were able to get her out and stabilized, waiting for additional EMS services.”
Several emergency medical crews as well as firefighters from Porter, Union Township, South Haven, Burns Harbor, Pine Township, Liberty Township, Beverley Shores and more responded.