A Shadyside Mobile
Home Park resident was treated for smoke inhalation on Monday, after a fire
which began in his conversion van extended to his home, the Burns Harbor
Fire Department is reporting.
Fire Chief Bill
Arney told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that, at 9:03 a.m.,
firefighters responded to a home in the 200 block of Maple Lane, where a van
converted into an RV ignited when its block heater short-circuited. The fire
in the van--parked less than two feet from the man’s trailer--quickly
extended to the trailer’s exterior front wall, Arney said.
arrival, the van was fully engulfed and “the whole front of the mobile home
was on fire,” Arney said.
at the scene by the Porter and Chesterton FDs--succeeded in extinguishing
both fires, just as flames were beginning to extend into the interior of the
mobile home, Arney said.
The homeowner was
treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by BHFD EMS but subsequently
refused transportation to hospital.
total damage to the van and the mobile home at $40,000. The home had to be
boarded up and electric service was cut due to damage to wiring inside the
The BHFD cleared
the scene 11:43 a.m.