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Abandoned Liberty home destroyed by fire

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No one was injured Monday in a fire which destroyed an abandoned home on C.R. 1050N, the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department said.

Deputy Fire Chief Tom Shapen told the Chesterton Tribune today that one-story structure--located a quarter to a half mile west of Meridian Road--hadn’t been occupied in years, appeared to be entirely empty, and was overgrown by weeds and vegetation.

“It was a wreck,” he said.

The LTVFD--with automatic-aid assistance from the Chesterton and Porter FDs--used approximately 4,000 gallons of water to douse the blaze, which found traction in the roof’s asphalt shingles and in the structure’s generally rotten wood. “When the wood is that rotten, the fire gets deep-seated and the structure burns very quickly,” Shapen said.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. There were no active utilities connected to the home.

Because the home wasn’t habitable, Shapen said that there is no monetary loss estimate.

The toughest part of the knock-down, Shapen added, was the heat and humidity. Porter EMS was on the scene providing firefighters with water and ice.

The LTVFD cleared the scene a little after 2 p.m. after almost two hours at the scene.



Posted 7/23/2013