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.
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.