it the curious--and the extremely fortunate--incident of the dog barking
in the night.
Sunday morning, a neighbor’s dog became a fire alarm, alerting the owner
of a burning barn at 1419 Tremont Road and allowing him to safely evacuate
his horses and goats, the Chesterton Fire Department said.
Chief Mike Orlich told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 5:27
a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the barn after electrical tape use
to keep pipes and water fixtures from freezing apparently malfunctioned
and started a small fire.
dog in the neighborhood--reacting either to the smoke itself or to a fire
alarm in the barn--began barking, prompting its owner to call his
neighbor, who quickly put a fire extinguisher into action, Orlich said.
Even so, smoke was showing by the time firefighters arrived but--with the
assistance of the Porter, Beverly Shores, Liberty Township, and Pine
Township departments--the CFD was able to knock the blaze down.
400 gallons of water were used.
were able to save the barn thanks to that neighbor’s dog,” Orlich
said. “It’s not often we have a barn that’s repairable after a fire.”
estimated damage at a couple of thousand dollars.
CFD cleared the scene at 7:08 a.m.
in the day, at 11:51 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the residence
at 712 Taft St., where a box of plastic toys placed next to a home
ignited, after a still burning cigarette discarded into a nearby plastic
butt can began to smolder.
firefighters’ arrival, the small blaze had already been extinguished by
the resident, Capt. Rudy Jimenez said.
was some scorching on the outside of the brick facade, Jimenez added, but
was limited to the box of toys, which Jimenez described as a “big
CFD cleared the scene at 12:07 p.m.
at 3:48 p.m. Saturday, the CFD extinguished a small brush fire in the
front grass of a residence at 15th Street and Park Ave.
blamed the fire on a discarded cigarette.
was no damage and the CFD cleared the scene at 4:07 p.m.