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Cause sought for double house fire in Liberty Township

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The Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department has released an update on a double house fire early Wednesday morning in the 600 block of East Long Lake Road in Liberty Township.

Multiple fire departments responded, shortly before 3 a.m., with Washington Township Fire Chief Rob Huffstodt first on the scene, to report one structure “fully involved and a secondary exposure starting to catch fire nearby.”

Neither of the structures, however, was occupied at the time, no one was injured, and a neighbor was able safely to call 911.

In light of Huffstodt’s initial report, the LTVFD promptly called a first alarm, which mustered additional FDs. “Long Lake Road structures are close to each other in this area,” the LTVFD said, making firefighting “difficult.”

“With the narrow county roads and fire hydrants stopping at the township line, engine companies laid a water supply line and relay-pumped to the attack engines,” the LTVFD said. “Multiple hand lines were then used off the attack engines.”

“With the initial knock-down on the fire, firefighters were able to perform a preliminary search of the residence,” the LTVFD said. “No one was at home at the time of the fire. Much of the residence is intact with the front sustaining most of the damage.”

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. The Porter County Fire Investigation Strike Team, in conjunction with the LTVFD, is investigating.

Assisting at the scene were the Washington Township Volunteer, South Haven, Chesterton, Valparaiso, and Burns Harbor FDs; the Porter County Sheriff’s Police; and Porter Regional Hospital EMS.


Posted 8/30/2019




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