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While propane fueled space heaters are the suspected cause of the Hammond home fire that took the lives of three young children in the 600 block of Sibley St. last Wednesday night, city officials now say a home inspection might have kept it from happening.
City Attorney Kristina Kantar is quoted in the Times as saying residences must have basic utilities to be considered fit for habitation. NIPCO reports that gas and electricity service was disconnected in the spring due to nonpayment. Kantar says the home's landlord has not allowed the city to inspect the building, and had it been inspected, the residence would most likely have been declared uninhabitable therefore preventing the tragic blaze.
Read more about this story at: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/official-inspection-might-have-prevented-tragic-hammond-fire/article_e4860fd8-1173-5a36-a6ac-0493e17d2002.html
(Photo: courtesy of Karl Berner)
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