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.