The Chesterton Fire
Department responded to the Dairy Queen at 552 Indian Boundary Road on
Tuesday, after a dryer at the business started smoking.
Lt. Brandon Smith
told the Chesterton Tribune today that firefighters were dispatched
to the DQ at 12:35 p.m. and found on their arrival that the business had
been evacuated after staff reported a “strange smell” from the dryer.
On its being
opened, Smith said, the dryer--which had been filled with rags--started
billowing smoke, prompting firefighters to disconnect the machine and remove
it from the premises. Firefighters then removed the rags, which promptly
started burning and releasing a “putrid odor.”
Smith said that the
rags may have been soaked in a cleaning product which reacted to the heat of
The CFD ventilated
the building, then cleared the scene at 12:55 p.m.