In Gary, fire crews were at the scene of a blaze in the downtown area early this morning. Nwi-dot-com reports the fire was at an abandoned apartment building at 17th and Maryland Street. According to the article, the Merrillville Fire Department brought in an aerial truck after a request for mutual aid. The building reportedly was fully engulfed. About 24-hours earlier, officials say the Gary Fire Department was dispatched to fires at two abandoned buildings in the 800 block of Jackson Street, where crews fought blazes at a vacant apartment building and an empty single-family home next door.