1 dead, 18 hurt in SW Indiana apartment tower fire; officials identify victim killed

SULLIVAN, Ind. - A fire broke out at a southwestern Indiana apartment building on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 18 others.

ABC affiliate WAWV-TV in Terre Haute reported Friday that Bruce Thompson, 72, died in the fire from smoke inhalation at Sunrise Towers, just north of downtown Sullivan.

Investigators said they believe the fire began in Thompson's apartment, which is on the fifth floor of the building.

Sullivan County Community Hospital treated 18 people for injuries including smoke inhalation, according to the nursing supervisor.

The fire began shortly after noon on the fifth floor of the seven-story building. The building was evacuated, with residents going to a nearby apartment complex and gymnasiums at nearby schools. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The Terre Haute Tribune-Star reported that tenants of the building, operated by the Sullivan Housing Authority, are mostly senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Most of the dozens of people forced out by the fire have found other places to stay, mostly with relatives.

Sullivan is roughly 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

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