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CFD: Motor home fire closes WB I-94

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Traffic was backed up on I-94 on Saturday nearly to Michigan City, after a motor home was destroyed by fire, the Chesterton Fire Department is reporting.

Capt. Tony Coslet told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 1:35 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the westbound lanes of I-94 at the 27 mile marker, east of Ind. 49, and found on their arrival a Class B, van-style motor home fully involved. The CFD used 2,200 gallons of water--“That’s quite a bit,” Coslet noted--to extinguish the fire.

So extensive was the damage there was no way to determine where or why the fire started, Coslet said, and the motor home’s driver had already left the scene prior to the CFD’s arrival, reportedly accepting a ride to a truck stop. The CFD was also unable to determine whether the motor home was local or out-of-state, because it’s “license plate burned off,” Coslet added.

All westbound lanes of I-94 were closed, “probably all the way to Michigan City,” Coslet said., and one person who found herself stuck in the traffic on Saturday told the Tribune today that she didn’t move at all “for at least 40 minutes.”

The motor home itself was totaled, Coslet said: Waffco Towing removed its chassis from the scene on a lowboy trailer, then loaded the rest of the debris by Bobcat on a pair of other trailers.

The CPD cleared the scene at 3:52 p.m.


Posted 8/6/2018




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