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CFD responds to house fire

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A cat perished on Friday in a house fire at 1655 Hale Ave. in unincorporated Westchester Township, the Chesterton Fire Department is reporting.

According to the CFD, firefighters responded to the blaze at 10:23 p.m. and on their arrival found smoke and fire in the home’s living room. After conducting a walk-around of the house, firefighters opted to make an interior attack from the front door and through a window.

Assisting at the scene were the Beverly Shores, Liberty Township, Pine and Porter FDs, with a tanker plan implemented. Approximately 2,500 gallons of water and five of foam were used to extinguish the blaze, the CFD said. The residents of the home all safely evacuated and none was injured but a cat was found deceased during a secondary search of the house.

Extensive overhaul was needed to check for extension, and walls and ceiling opened, the CFD added.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Fire Chief John Jarka told the Chesterton Tribune that it appears to have been electrical in nature, with a curtain or drapery being the first item ignited.

No damage estimate was available.

The CFD cleared the scene at 1 a.m. Saturday.


Posted 4/27/2020





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