Student dies in fire near IU campus

October 1, 2011 8:53:38 PM PDT
A 19-year-old Indiana University student has died in a fire at an apartment complex near the campus in Bloomington.

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer identified the woman as Renee Ohrn, of Gary, Ind. Meyer says Ohrn was staying with a friend when the fire broke out at Terra Trace Apartments early Saturday morning. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

"It's just so sad" said Ohrn 's family friend Linda Grunstein. "We alll just loved Renee. She was such a nice girl."

One of Orhn's older brothers says she was currently a general studies major at but had an interest in nutrition and exercise.

Ohrn graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville where she was homecoming queen and prom queen. Those who knew her said she made friends easily and was an avid runner.

"Today, we lost a beautiful, beautiful girl," said Ohrn's godmother, Paulette Cialdella. "She was beautiful inside and outside. She was the light of my life. I can't love her more."

Additionally, four people were hospitalized after the fire, according to Bloomington Hospital spokeswoman Amanda Roach. Bloomington Fire Department Sgt. Travis Drescher says one police officer and one firefighter were among those injured in the fire.

Fire officials say all 12 apartments in the building were damaged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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