No one was injured
on Friday in a fire which extensively damaged a home in the 500 block of
Park Ave., the Chesterton Fire Department said.
Lt. Steven Himan
told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 10:53 p.m., the homeowner
reported a possible electrical fire in the kitchen area of her house, after
hearing a “crackling” and observing a light haze of smoke. A Chesterton
Police officer who reached the scene first, however, subsequently advised
the CFD that smoke was visible outside the one-story ranch house, coming
from the roof.
themselves then observed smoke and flames in the rear of the house, in the
attic above the kitchen. The CFD, assisted by the Porter FD, knocked the
fire down quickly, within 15 minutes, Himan said, using approximately 400
gallons of water and succeeding in confining the blaze to the attic.
proved necessary, though, due to the use of blown cellulose insulation,
which fire has a tendency to “tunnel through,” Himan said, allowing it
sometimes to spread unseen from one side of an attic to another.
Firefighters, accordingly, were forced to pull down the ceiling in much of
the house to ensure there’d been no extension.
The fire is
believed to be electrical in nature, Himan said. He estimated total damage
to the structure at $50,000 and that to contents at $20,000.
The CFD cleared the
scene at 12:46 a.m.