Two homes on Long
Lake Road in Liberty Township were damaged by fire early this morning, the
Chesterton Fire Department said.
Lt. Steve Himan
told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that, at 2:54 a.m., the CFD
responded to the double structure fire in an assist to the Liberty Township
Volunteer Fire Department. Also responding were the Valparaiso, South Haven,
and Washington Township Volunteer FDs.
The fire apparently
started in a bedroom of the smaller of the two homesÑwhat Himan described as
a “cottage” and said is on the same piece of property as the larger oneÑthen
eventually extended to the second, larger home, some 40 feet away.
“It’s pretty easy
for a fire to extend that distance, especially when you’ve got something
burning that hot and with that much intensity,” Himan said.
Firefighters used a
hydrant to flow water to the scene, with the VFD laying 1,000 feet of
five-inch hose and the CFD an additional 200 feet to get it to the attack
“They had a really
good stop on it,” Himan said. “They extinguished the second fire first, then
made an attack on the initial house.”
No one to Himan’s
knowledge was injured in the fire. The cause remains undetermined. Himan was
unable to speak to damage.