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Boat burns to the waterline at Porter Beach

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No one was injured on Saturday in a fire which burned a pleasure boat down to the water, the Porter Fire Department is reporting.

Fire Chief Jay Craig told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that Porter firefighters responded to Porter Beach at 1:56 p.m. and, on arrival, observed a 24- to 30-foot boat with inboard motors smoking heavily approximately 600 yards from shore. The PFD promptly called for a dive-team response, uncertain whether anyone from the boat was in the water. No one, however, was, as all passengers on the boat--Craig was unable to say exactly how many--had been rescued and taken aboard a bystander’s boat.

Also responding to the scene was the Portage FD’s fire boat, which extinguished the fire with lake water. “Portage has a really nice fire boat with a great pump,” Craig noted.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined, as Craig never had an opportunity to speak with the boat’s skipper or its occupants. Responding to the scene as well: the U.S. Coast Guard, the Porter Police Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, and National Park Service rangers. The PFD cleared the scene at 3:20 p.m.


Posted 10/12/2020




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