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Fire destroys garage in Crocker, badly damages home

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No one was injured on Saturday in a fire in Crocker which destroyed an attached garage and significantly damaged a nearby house, the Chesterton Fire Department said.

Fire Chief John Jarka told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 3:02 p.m., the CFD was dispatched to 1801 Elgin St. after a resident of the single-family rental property returned home to find the garage--located approximately 10 feet from the house--on fire.

Responding to the scene under mutual aid agreements were the Burns Harbor, Porter, and Portage FDs, Jarka said, and first on the scene with an engine were BHFD Chief Bill Arney and his crew. Arney promptly advised the CFD that the garage was fully involved with extension to the house, prompting Jarka to call a first alarm, which mustered the Liberty Township, Washington Township, and Beverly Shores FDs as well.

“Burns Harbor did a great job of initial attack,” Jarka said, but 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water were still needed to extinguish the blaze. Because the nearest hydrant was on the south side of 1050N, that road was closed east of Ind. 149 to allow a hose line to be run north to the house, located at the far dead end of Elgin Street.

The garage and its contents--including a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a passenger vehicle--were destroyed, Jarka said. Radiant heat from the garage ignited the house’s exterior siding and spread the fire into the residence’s kitchen, with the home sustaining smoke and water damage throughout.

Jarka estimated total damage to structure and contents at $60,000.

The cause of the fire--which Jarka said was accidental--is still under investigation, but a resident did advise the CFD that he’d been doing unspecified work in the garage earlier in the day.

No residents or firefighters were injured and all pets in the home were saved, Jarka added.

The CFD cleared the scene at 5:18 p.m.

 

 

Posted 10/2/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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