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I-94 roadwork delays CFD arrival at car fire

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Road construction on I-94 significantly delayed the Chesterton Fire Department’s response to a vehicle fire on Friday, the CFD is reporting.

Capt. Tony Coslet told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 10:29 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle fire at the 29 mile marker in the westbound lanes of I-94. INDOT road work, however, has closed the nearest emergency-vehicle crossover from the east- to the westbound lanes, forcing the CFD to go nearly all the way to the Michigan City exit--“three to four miles out of the way,” Coslet said--to access the first open crossover.

“We drove by the burning vehicle,” Coslet noted. “It was really ripping when we passed it.”

The CFD accordingly asked the Coolspring Township FD to respond as well. CTVFD did so, and arrived at the scene “30 seconds before we did,” Coslet noted. The burning vehicle, a late model Cadillac Escalade, had only just been picked up by a tow truck, whose operator, on noticing the fire, promptly dropped it and moved his own truck out of the way, Coslet said.

Firefighters used fully 1,000 gallons of water to douse the blaze. The westbound lanes of I-94 were effectively shut down for approximately 30 minutes, until the fire was extinguished and the Escalade moved, Coslet said.

“It was a total loss, cause unknown,” he added.

The CFD cleared the scene at 11:08 a.m.


Posted 7/31/2017




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