A brush fire burns near Optimist Park along Interstate 80/94 between Indianapolis Blvd. and Kennedy Ave. in Hammond, Ind., Saturday, May 3, 2014. At the height of the fire, smoke could be seen for several miles. | Guy Rhodes/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 5, 2014 5:24PM
HAMMOND — A brush fire burned out of control near Interstate 80/94 in Hammond on Saturday evening but was contained by 9 p.m.
The fire started around 7:40 p.m. behind 7925 Indianapolis Blvd., Hammond Fire Inspector Diane Brzycki said. It traveled east toward the Marriott Hotel but did not reach it or the other hotels.
Eight Hammond Fire Department rigs responded to the scene and remained there late Saturday to extinguish any hotspots, Brzycki said. The fire took out three utility poles and a railroad switchbox in the area.
The cause has yet to be determined, but the Highland Police Department reported five boys in the area, she said.
No one staying at the hotels was evacuated, Brzycki said.