Fire damages large Southport home

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SOUTHPORT, IND. — Fire significantly damaged a Southport, Ind. home Friday morning.

Firefighters first responded to the 100 block of South Street, near East Southport Road and Madison Avenue, around 3 a.m.

When they arrived, heavy smoke and fire could be seen coming from the historic two-story home.

Commanders on scene called in extra companies for assistance as the battle to extinguish the flames went for more than an hour.

The home was originally constructed as a single-family home but was subdivided into five apartments some time in the past.

Lt. Larry Tracy, an Indianapolis Fire Department Spokesman, said it was that construction that hampered efforts to quickly extinguish the fire.

The fire displaced five residents of the subdivided home. They all escaped without injury, however medics transported one person to St. Francis Hospital a short time later with respiratory issues.

Medics also transported a firefighter to IU Health Methodist Hospital to be checked out.