No person or pet
was injured in a kitchen fire on Saturday at 440 Francis St., the Porter
Fire Department is reporting.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 7:17 p.m., the
PFD--assisted by the Chesterton FD, two hours and 17 minutes into its annual
Street Dance fundraiser--responded to the scene. Smoke was visible from the
roof line on firefighters’ arrival and flames could be seen through the
kitchen window in the rear yard, Craig said.
The fire is
believed to have started after food--possibly chicken--was left cooking on
the stove, and then rapidly spread to the cabinetry and the ceiling, Craig
said. Firefighters succeeded in containing the blaze to the kitchen and used
around 200 gallons to douse it. Smoke damage throughout the first floor,
however, was heavy.
occupants and their dogs were safely evacuated, while firefighters rescued
two cages of pet rats from the garage.
subsequent overhaul as “not too bad,” although firefighters did remove the
ceiling in the kitchen and living room and used a thermal imaging camera to
check for extension. He estimated damage to the structure at approximately
$50,000 and that to contents--mostly as a result of smoke--at $20,000.
The PFD cleared the
scene at 9:31 p.m.
Craig noted that
the CFD had previously staged its apparatus outside the Street Dance to make
it easily accessible in an emergency.