3 dead, 8 hurt in Evansville apartment building fire

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Three people died and eight others were injured Monday after a fire raced through an Evansville apartment building, and authorities are investigating it as a possible arson.

Police were speaking to a person of interest, but no charges have been filed, Evansville police spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum said.

“We do have someone that we detained … and we are currently interviewing him,” Cullum told The Associated Press late Monday.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries, while two of the four civilians injured in the blaze were airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, Evansville Chief Fire Marshal Dan Grimm said. No information was immediately released about those who died, Grimm said.

Some people were jumping from windows of the two-story building to escape the blaze, he said.

“The fire was very hot and moved very fast,” Grimm said.

The Evansville Courier & Press reported that the building, a house that had been converted into four apartments, was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene early Monday evening.

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