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Five hurt in Rising Sun fire, explosion

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Wednesday was a busy morning for fire crews across the Tri-State. Crews responded to blazes in Newtown, Wilder and Rising Sun. Smoke pours from Merkle Lawn Care in Wilder. (IFOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier) Wednesday was a busy morning for fire crews across the Tri-State. Crews responded to blazes in Newtown, Wilder and Rising Sun. Smoke pours from Merkle Lawn Care in Wilder. (IFOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier)
Five people were hurt when fire and an explosion ripped through an apartment building in Rising Sun early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown) Five people were hurt when fire and an explosion ripped through an apartment building in Rising Sun early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown)
Pam Elza suffered serious burns in the Rising Sun fire, family members say. (Provided photo) Pam Elza suffered serious burns in the Rising Sun fire, family members say. (Provided photo)
RISING SUN, IN (FOX19) -

Five people including a boy were hurt when fire and an explosion ripped through a building at North Main and Poplar streets early Wednesday.

One woman suffered serious injuries when flames broke out just before 5 a.m., fire officials said.

Firefighters rescued several other people from the old NAPA Auto Parts building that houses apartments.

One victim, identified by family members as Pam Elza, was taken to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis in critical condition.  She is on life support in the ICU burn unit. Doctors expect Elza will make a full recovery, her sister told FOX19 NOW.

Elza's sister told FOX19 NOW that Pam suffered a broken back, broken ankles and severe burns from head to toe. 

Flames spread to two nearby businesses, causing damage.

The cause remains under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

The blaze is one of three that erupted across the Tri-State before 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Earlier, firefighters put out a fully engulfed blaze at Merkle Lawn Care on Vine Street off Kentucky 9.

And, a propane tank exploded in a 4 a.m. fire on Main Street in Newtown.

No one was hurt.

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