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.
was needed to check for extension, and walls and ceiling opened, the CFD
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
The CFD cleared the
scene at 1 a.m. Saturday.