One dead in fire at apartments near IU campus
BLOOMINGTON - An Indiana University freshman died in an apartment fire near campus early Saturday morning.
Renee Ohrn, 19, from Gary died as a result of the fire at the Terra Trace Apartments on East 14th Street around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
"I came out and there's flames coming out of the building, pretty high, I don't know, 30 feet. It was pretty crazy," said Nick Randall.
IU student Callie Johnson was asleep when firefighters broke down her door.
"All I heard was, 'Is anyone in here? Get out!'," she said. "That's when this was, like, okay, something serious."
Students say the massive fire caused a lot of confusion at the early hour.
"I started running. I didn't know what was going on, had my phone in my hand. Started running, once I got outside, I saw the flames," Johnson said.
Randall was at a friend's apartment when he was told his place was on fire.
"I was pretty shocked to see how quickly it had gone," he said.
Managers at the apartment complex say they're trying to find residents housing in other buildings.
"I'm from Martinsville, so I have a lot of stuff at home, but everything I have here was in there," he said.
Four others, including a firefighter and police officer, were transported to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital with injuries. There is no information about their condition or the nature of their injuries.
Ohrn was pronounced dead at the hospital an hour after the fire was reported. A spokesperson from the Monroe County Coroner's Office says she lived in Eigenmann Hall, but was staying at a friend's apartment Friday night. An autopsy will be conducted Monday morning to determine the cause of Ohrn's death.
Firefighters say they have not determined a cause of the fire and it remains under investigation.
Indiana University says grief counselors have spoken with some of Ohrn's friends and will be available on campus if students need them.