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RV burns in Liberty Township

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No one was injured Tuesday in a fire which destroyed an RV in the 900 north block of C.R. 200W in Liberty Township, the Chesterton Fire Department said.

A firefighter at the scene, however, was very nearly struck by a passing vehicle speeding along C.R. 200W.

Capt. Tony Coslet told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that, at 7:19 p.m., a neighbor reported that an RV on a nearby property, some 200 feet off the roadway and located behind some outbuildings, was burning.

Firefighters en route to the scene could see the “header,” that is, the column of smoke, from Dogwood Park, about a mile and a half away, Coslet said, and on their arrival found the fire fully involved.

The RV was a Class A driveable motor home, about 40 feet in length, and firefighters needed some 3,000 gallons to extinguish the blaze, flowed from the CFD’s engine and the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department’s engine and tanker.

The attack was complicated when a propane tank inside the RV released--through a pressure relief valve--a stream of fire some 20 feet in height. The valve worked as it was designed to do, Coslet said, which is to say the tank didn’t explode, but it took some time before the propane was fully released. “It whistles really loud and it goes off like a blow torch.”

The cause of the fire remains undetermined, Coslet said, and the RV was a total loss.

Although no one was injured, Coslet did say that as the CFD was clearing the scene a firefighter on foot who was guiding an engine at the foot of the driveway came perilously close to being hit by a passing vehicle. “He was in full turn-out gear with reflective stripes on it,” Coslet said. “The driver just wasn’t paying attention. Going about 40 miles an hour.”

The CFD cleared the scene at 8:25 p.m.

 

Posted 9/11/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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