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Chesterton FD helps contain Valpo mulch fire

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Chesterton Fire Department was one of the agencies which assisted in containing a mulch fire that broke out Sunday at 910 Morthland Drive near Valparaiso.

Valparaiso FD received the call at approximately 2:50 p.m. of several large mulch piles and pallets that caught fire on several acres of property that is currently being used by Reed’s Nursery south of Penna Hill Drive and west of Sturdy Road.

VFD Battalion Chief Lester Abraham said a tanker plan was initiated involving Chesterton FD, Morgan Township, Washington Township, Boone Grove, and Union Township volunteer fire departments.

CFD arrived on the scene at 5:02 p.m. bringing its tanker and dumped a total of six and a half loads of water on the fire totaling 19,500 gallons. Each tank load took nearly 45 minutes to complete. The tanker was refilled at the nearby Valparaiso Wal-Mart.

CFD cleared the scene at 2:50 a.m.

No injuries were reported and there is no estimate yet on the amount of property damage, Abraham said.

VFD is expected to work today and some of tomorrow to extinguish the remaining “hot spots,” Abraham said. NIPSCO is assisting in removing the burned piles and pallets.

The fire is believe to have started in one of the mulch piles that spread to others and the pallets. Some of the mulch piles were as tall as 50 feet and flames shot up five to ten feet, Abraham said.



Posted 6/9/2014