The Chesterton Fire
Department responded to the Rush Hour Foods gas station early this morning
after a passer-by reported a possible structure fire there.
found on their arrival, shortly after 12 a.m., was an arcing extension cord
outside the business, Lt. Steve Himan told the Chesterton Tribune.
passer-by believed he was seeing smoke coming from inside the building--and
under the door--it was actually smoke from an extension cord being used to
power the ice machine outside the business, Himan said.
The cord may have
gotten wet in the rain, Himan surmised. In any case, it started to arc and
the plug itself ultimately overheated and melted.
The CFD unplugged
the machine and cleared the scene at 1:14 a.m.