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More video of the fire, below, from Paul Goddard.
A brother and sister died Sunday while another child leaped from the burning fourth floor of a Lakeshore Dunes Apartments building in Gary’s Miller neighborhood.
The two children suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns, Gary Fire Department Chief of Operations Mark Jones said. They were transported in critical condition to Methodist Northlake Hospital in downtown Gary.
As the apartment building burned, an 8-year-old boy survived a dramatic leap into a blanket held by neighbors in what one bystander is calling “a miracle.”
As smoke filled the building in Gary’s Miller Beach community Sunday morning and residents began to flee, Monty Spencer lost sight of his family.
“I didn’t want to die, I was too young so I asked for help and screamed out the window,” Spencer said. “I was just screaming my momma’s name, everything. And I was just shaking.”
Neighbors below scrambled to organize a rescue plan, despite firefighters’ warnings to stay away. First they tried running into the building themselves, then eventually grabbed blankets to form a makeshift safety net to catch the boy.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) March 25, 2018