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Jackson Township home badly damaged in fire

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No one was injured Thursday in a blaze which severely damaged a Jackson Township home, the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department said.

LTVFD Deputy Chief Tom Shapen told the Chesterton Tribune today that a neighbor reported the fire, at 330 Mount Jackson Ave., at approximately 6:15 p.m. The initial units at the scene--the Chesterton and Westville fire departments, responding under automatic aid agreements, followed quickly by the LTVFD--observed the attached garage to be fully involved and the fire to have extended well into the tri-level style home’s atrium on the first floor. Soon the blaze extended into the second floor and then the attic, Shapen said.

The home was occupied at the time but the resident escaped without injury, he noted. There were no pets involved.

Also responding under a tanker plan were the Pine Township, Beverly Shores, and South Haven departments. In the end some 8,500 gallons of water were used to extinguish the blaze but the tankers on hand had sufficient quantity to meet that need and were not forced to refill at a hydrant, Shapen said.

Significant overhaul of the first and second floors, the ceiling, and the attic, were necessary due to the extension, Shapen said.

The two-car garage was fully destroyed, including a pickup truck parked inside and what appeared to be a riding lawn mower. The Porter County Fire Investigation Strike Team has determined the garage to have been the origin of the fire but the cause is not yet known, Shapen said.

He estimated total damage to structure and contents very roughly at $120,000.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Police and Porter Regional Hospital EMS were also at the scene.

The LTVFD cleared at approximately 10:45 p.m.


Posted 1/17/2014