Chesterton Tribune



Fire badly damages home on 13th Street

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A fire caused significant damage on Thursday to the home at 422 S. 13th Street, the Chesterton Fire Department said.

No one--neither the home’s three occupants nor firefighters nor several pets--was injured in the blaze.

Capt. Tony Coslet told the Chesterton Tribune today that firefighters were dispatched to the home at 3:37 p.m., in response to a report of smoke showing outside the home, apparently coming from a door and the kitchen-hood vent.

Also responding: the Porter Fire Department.

Coslet said that the fire was contained to the kitchen on the first floor but that there was “a lot of smoke damage throughout the house.” Some 600 gallons of water were used to douse the blaze.

Firefighters did have to perform some overhaul in the kitchen and removed some of the ceiling to check for extension.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Fire Chief Mike Orlich estimated damage to the structure at $20,000 and that to contents at $40,000, Coslet said.

“The guys on the hose line had a heck of a stop,” Coslet added. “They did a great job.”

The CFD cleared the scene at 5:04 p.m.


Posted 10/11/2013