Woman killed in La Porte house fire

Photo by Ted YoakumA La Porte home at 1306 Rumley St. sustained damage from a fire Monday evening. A woman who was rescued from the burning died early Wednesday at a hospital, while her husband remains hospitalized in stable condition.

La PORTE – Two people were airlifted to a hospital, where one later died, after suffering injuries in a building fire Monday night in La Porte.

About 8 p.m., the La Porte Fire Department was notified of structure fire in the area of McCullum and Rumley streets, according to a statement from the department.

The first fire crews arrived within four minutes and found a "working fire with a person trapped inside at 1306 Rumley St.," according to Fire Chief Andy Snyder.

They were able to knock down the main body of fire, find the victim and pull her out of the building, Snyder said.

Kimberley Buczak, 53, was taken by La Porte County EMS to La Porte Hospital, and later taken by air ambulance to a hospital in Fort Wayne, where she died early Wednesday of her injuries, Snyder said.

Her husband, 54-year-old Robert Clark, was able to escape on his own, then summoned a neighbor to evacuate an adjacent apartment and called 911, Snyder said. He was taken to La Porte Hospital by ambulance and also transferred to a Fort Wayne hospital by air ambulance, where he remained in stable condition as of Wednesday evening.

No firefighters were injured and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Snyder said Wednesday.

La Porte firefighters were assisted by La Porte Police, La Porte County EMS, an Indiana State Fire Marshal's office investigator, NIPSCO, and the La Porte Street Department.

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