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.
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.