IU Student Dies in Apartment Fire

Sunday, Oct 2, 2011  |  Updated 5:39 PM CDT
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Gary Student Dies in Apartment Fire

Renee Ohrn, 19, died in the late-night fire.

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Gary Student Dies in Apartment Fire

Renee Ohrn, a 19-year-old Indiana University student, was killed in a late-night apartment fire in Bloomington.
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A fire in Bloomington, Indiana, claimed the life of a 19-year-old student from Gary.

Renee Ohrn, 19, was asleep at a friend's place when the fire started around 3:30 a.m. at the Terra Trace Apartments.

Ohrn was a student at Indiana University.

The late-night fire sent residents, many of whom also attend Indiana University, scrambling from the building.

"I started running. I didn't know what was going on. Once I got outside, I saw the flames," one survivor said.

Seven people were injured, including a Bloomington police sergeant and a firefighter.

Ohrn's family and friends gathered Sunday in the Miller Beach area of Gary, where she grew up.

"She was a good person … always says I love you," Ohrn's grandmother, Paulette Cialdella said.

"She was prom queen, class president … very personable. Everybody in school liked her," said Pat Mullen, a family friend.

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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