A Porter firefighter sustained minor injuries early this morning in a blaze
which extensively damaged a home on Dakota Street in the Western Acres
subdivision, the Chesterton Fire Department said.
CFD Lt. Steven Himan told the Chesterton Tribune today that
firefighters were dispatched at 2:52 a.m. to the one-story ranch-style home
of William and Robin Rasco at 2382 Dakota St., in response to a report of a
On their arrival, firefighters found that the fire had already extended up
the side of the house to the eaves and into the attic, Himan said.
The Porter and Liberty Township Volunteer departments both responded under
an automatic aid agreement but the CFD also activated a first alarm,
mustering the Burns Harbor, Valparaiso, and Washington Township departments.
A tanker plan was implemented as well—due to the lack of hydrants in Western
Acres—and tankers from the Beverly Shores, Porter, and Liberty FDs shuttled
water from a hydrant at 23rd Street and Portage Ave., Himan said.
Firefighters equipped with self contained breathing apparatus—air tanks kept
filled by Washington Township’s air van—launched an interior attack, pulling
down the ceiling and stringing a couple of 1 3/4’’ hoses through the front
door and a 2 1/2’’ hose through the attached garage. Porter Assistant Fire
Chief Jay Craig was injured slightly when a piece of plywood caught him on
the helmet and he sprained a muscle in his neck, Himan said.
The Rascos did evacuate safely, Himan added.
Eight-thousand gallons of water were needed to extinguish the blaze but
extensive overhaul was necessary as well.
Himan estimated damage to the structure at $125,000 and that to contents at
The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is believed to be
accidental, Fire Chief Orlich said.
The CFD cleared the scene at 5:50 a.m.