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CFD assists LTVFD at electrical fire in garage

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Chesterton firefighters assisted the Liberty Township Volunteer department at a tricky little garage fire on Wednesday.

The call came in, at 5:43 p.m., as an arcing electrical panel in an attached garage in the 800 block of Tanner Drive, Capt. Tony Coslet told the Chesterton Tribune today.

And arcing it was. Although the fire itself was “minimal” and firefighters managed to contain it to the immediate area around the breaker box, firefighters were unable actually to get into the wall to check for extension due to continual arcing caused by the live current, Coslet said.

Firefighters were forced to use a dry chemical extinguisher until a NIPSCO crew arrived at the scene to pull the meter, Coslet noted. Then an application of water duly doused it.

“It could have been a good working fire,” Coslet added.

The CFD cleared the scene at 7 p.m.

The LTVFD is investigating the cause. No estimate of damage or further information was available this morning.


Posted 2/27/2014