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Chesterton Fire assists Pines FD at house fire

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Chesterton firefighters were at the scene this morning of a “re-kindled” house fire in Pine Township, six hours after being released from an assist to the Pines Fire Department.

Chesterton Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams told the Chesterton Tribune today that the CFD was originally dispatched at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday to 1581N 600E to assist the Pines FD--along with the Liberty Township and Coolspring Township FDs--at the scene of a house fire.

All occupants of the two-story residence had safely evacuated and no one was injured, Williams said, but “significant damage” had already been done to the structure and--unable to enter the house itself--firefighters were forced into a “defensive attack.”

“You surround the building and spray water from the outside, wherever you can get it in, through the roof or windows,” Williams explained. “Your usual assumption in a defensive attack is that the structure’s a complete loss.”

The CFD cleared the scene at 1:40 a.m. but were dispatched back to it at 7:44 a.m. to deal with a “re-kindle,” Williams noted. Re-kindles are often associated with defensive attacks, he said, because “you’re not always getting at the source of a fire” with exterior hosework alone and so can miss hotspots and embers.

The CFD cleared the second time at 9:41 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Posted 2/20/2020




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