The Chesterton Fire
Department battled a garage fire on Tuesday at 256 S. 21st St., which
destroyed the structure and left the homeowner with minor injuries.
Deputy Fire Chief
Nate Williams told the Chesterton Tribune today that firefighters
responded to the scene at 3:07 p.m. and found on their arrival the detached
garage fully involved. Although the garage was located some 20 to 25 feet
kitty-corner from the main residence, the heat generated by the fire was
sufficient to threaten the home and did in fact melt the exposed siding.
Assisting the CFD
under mutual aid agreements were the Porter, Liberty Township, and Portage
FDs. Together firefighters used around 10,000 gallons from a hydrant located
at the southwest corner of West Morgan Ave. and South 21st Street--forcing
the closure of West Morgan Ave. to allow firefighters to lay their five-inch
hoses from the south side of the road to the north.
Prior to the fire,
Williams said, the homeowner had been working on his motorcycle in the
garage, and investigators believe that a propane heater in the garage
ignited gasoline fumes. The homeowner sustained a minor burn to his hand,
while a trouser cuff was seen to be charred, but he subsequently refused EMS
treatment at the scene.
Williams did say
that the fire displaced the homeowner’s dogs, after the garage collapsed and
took down some of the backyard fencing with it. A good Samaritan of a
neighbor, however, took the dogs into his own yard until a better solution
could be found.
Williams said that
the garage was a total loss, along with its contents including the
motorcycle and tools. Damage was estimated at $10,000.
Williams noted that
the radiant heat of the fire was terrific, not only melting the nearby
house’s siding but also window blinds inside the home through a glass
The CFD cleared the
scene at 4:28 p.m.