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CFD: NIPSCO pole fire leads to outage

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A good-sized swath of neighborhoods on the west side of town lost power late on Thursday after a NIPSCO pole caught fire, the Chesterton Fire Department said.

Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 10:22 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a pole on 1100N just west of C.R. 50W when someone noticed that the top of it was burning.

“It had been burning for quite some time,” Williams said, long enough to give firefighters reason to think that the line was in imminent danger of falling to the ground. That prompted the CFD to close 1100N between 23rd Street and C.R. 50W--a closure, Williams noted, which left several motorists “unhappy and disgruntled.”

Meanwhile, Williams said, “There wasn’t a whole lot we could do” about the fire. “It was still a live power line.” So the CFD manned the scene until 11:39 p.m., when a NIPSCO crew arrived to douse the fire and put the pole and the line to rights.

Up until the time of NIPSCO crew’s arrival, Williams added, the electrical service in the area remained undisturbed. But the crew was forced to shut off power in order to make repairs, leaving Rosehill Estates, Stone Meadows, and other neighborhoods juiceless.

NIPSCO did not return a call this morning for further information on the incident, and Williams was unable to say what might have caused the fire in the first place.



Posted 2/24/2017




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