No one was injured in two weekend fires, one of which caused substantial
damage to a home in the Estates of Sand Creek.
Chesterton Fire Chief Mike Orlich told the Chesterton Tribune today
that, at 6:47 p.m. Sunday, the CFD was dispatched to the Donovan family home
at 1708 Amen Corner Court, in response to a report of a chimney fire in a
barbecue grill. On arrival, Orlich said, firefighters discovered that the
grill was built into the side of the home and that the blaze had already
extended into the residential structure.
“It had extended into the chimney chase of the home, went through a gas
fireplace, and was in the floor structure,” Orlich said.
The CFD--with assistance from the Porter and Liberty Township Volunteer
departments--used around 1,500 gallons to douse the blaze but was forced to
do a lot of overhaul to get at the fire, Orlich said.
The CFD cleared the scene at 9:38 p.m. but returned again on Monday morning,
after light smoke was reported in the home. Firefighters discovered that
laminated floor joists were smoldering.
Orlich estimated damage to the structure at $50,000 and that to contents at
The cause of the blaze, Orlich added: a grease fire in the barbecue grill.
Earlier in the weekend, at 6:35 p.m. Friday, a 19th century log cabin--moved
some 20 years ago to a wooded area behind the Galvin home at 901 Shannon
Drive--was extensively damaged in what Orlich called a “suspicious fire.”
The cabin was part of the original farm on which the subdivision was later
built, Orlich said.
Orlich was unable to give an estimate of the damage to the cabin but said
that it was being used for storage.
The Porter and Liberty Township Volunteer departments assisted the CFD at
the scene, which firefighters cleared at 8:03 p.m.
The CPD is assisting the CFD in its investigation.