firefighters responded to a garage fire on Saturday at 1301 Lake Drive in
the Graham Woods subdivision in Westchester Township.
Capt. Tony Coslet
told the Chesterton Tribune today that a resident discovered his
attached garage full of smoke at 11:17 p.m. and that on their arrival
firefighters found that the blaze had burned itself out.
The cause of the
fire is believed to have been the improper disposal of stain-soaked rags
which subsequently combusted spontaneously, Coslet said.
Rags used for
staining or paint thinning should be placed inside a metal can--like a paint
can--and then sealed.
plastic items did burn and melt in the fire, Coslet said. Firefighters used
thermal imaging to check over extension and did a bit of overhaul of the
The CFD cleared the
scene at 12:36 a.m., after using a positive pressure fan to ventilate the
garage and home.