The Chesterton Fire
Department responded to more than a dozen calls on Saturday reporting--from
residents all over town--reporting a heavy smell of natural gas, both inside
and outside their homes.
As near as Fire
Chief John Jarka and NIPSCO’s local supervisor were later able to determine,
a crew working on a natural-gas line near Chesterton mixed too much odor
additive--known as mercaptan--into the gas supply.
However, folks with
tiny gas leaks in their homes--or with appliances not working
properly--began to smell a powerful odor of rotten egg in their houses,
Jarka told the Chesterton Tribune this morning.
The CFD received
its first call at 2:17 p.m. Saturday and its last at 1:11 a.m. Sunday. But
between 2:17 and 4:15 the CFD responded to a flurry of calls, 12 in total,
Jarka said, and from all parts of town: Shannon Drive, Wabash Ave., Bunker
Drive, and Red Bud Drive, to name a few.
responded to a call at his own home, and discovered a tiny gas leak in a
line beneath the drop ceiling in his basement.
added, was a busy day all around, with a total of 18 calls, including EMS