No one was injured or displaced early this morning following a minor fire in
the skirting of a mobile home at 404 Broadmoor Drive, the Liberty Township
Volunteer Fire Department said.
LTVFD Assistant Chief Tom Shapen told the Chesterton Tribune today
that firefighters were dispatched to the home around 3:30 a.m. after
residents reported smoke. On his arrival, a “light smoke” was showing
beneath the home and there was a “light haze inside,” prompting Shapen to
summon the Chesterton and South Haven departments under an automatic aid
Firefighters proceeded to remove the mobile home’s skirting and found that
the insulation wrapping the plumbing had ignited, apparently after heat tape
used to keep the pipes from freezing had overheated, Shapen said.
About 100 gallons of water were used to douse the fire and then firefighter
cleared the area under the home and checked for extension. None was found,
Shapen said. Firefighters also ventilated the interior of the residence.
The residents refused medical transport, all pets were accounted for, and
the home remained habitable, Shapen said.
Shapen estimated total damage “very roughly” at under $1,000.
The LTVFD cleared the scene around 5 a.m.