Chesterton firefighters doused a brush fire on Sunday along I-94.
Capt. Rudy Jimenez told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 2:20
p.m., the CFD was dispatched to the 27 mile marker of eastbound I-94 after
two separate brush fires--a couple of hundred feet apart--were reported on
the shoulder of the road. Firefighters used 160 gallons of water from the
engine to extinguish the two fires.
The cause of the double brush fire is unknown but Jimenez speculated that
“something hot” may have been thrown off by a passing vehicle and ignited
the dry grass.
The CFD cleared the scene at 3:01 p.m.
Earlier in the day, at 11:22 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the
little strip mall at the southeast corner of the intersection of Ind. 49 and
East Porter Ave., after the dashboard in a man’s Dodge pickup truck ignited,
The man, seeing smoke coming from the climate control selector, pulled into
the mall, ripped the dash board out, then used a knife provided by a
Chesterton Police officer to cut the wires.
Firefighters ensured that the fire had been confined to the climate control
box in the dashboard, then cleared the scene at 11:34 a.m.