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Firefighters look for hot spots after the early morning fire gutted several apartments Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette police. (Journal & Courier, John Terhune)

Apartment fire near Purdue kills 1

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Authorities say one person was found dead after a fire that badly burned an apartment building where many Purdue University students live near the campus.

West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath said the person who died was found in an apartment after firefighters put out the blaze that rousted residents about 5 a.m. Thursday. The victim’s identity wasn’t immediately released.

Police Lt. Troy Harris told the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1gTDBu3) some other residents were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening smoke inhalation.

Harris said eight apartments were damaged in the three-story building. The flames burned through the roof and destroyed one end of the building a few blocks from the southeastern edge of Purdue’s campus.

Harris said the fire’s cause was under investigation.

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