The Porter Fire Department now knows how a woman sustained second-degree
burns on her back deck on Sunday.
Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today that the
woman--a resident of a 12-plex apartment on Lake Charles Ave.--was using a
“plastic pumpkin,” set atop a plastic cooler, as an ash tray.
Although the woman had poured water into the pumpkin, it apparently wasn’t
enough or had been absorbed by a mound of butts, Craig said, for at some
point, around 12 p.m., the pumpkin began burning and melting. So too did the
cooler. Panicked, the woman kicked the cooler off the porch but was
back-splashed by molten plastic, Craig said.
The woman was treated for second-degree burns to her right shoulder, arm,
In the meantime, around $10,000 in damage was done to the deck in the
resulting fire, Craig said.