All of the Tri-Towns’ fire departments responded on Tuesday to a fire in a
coal bunker at ArcelorMittal’s coke battery operation in Burns Harbor,
assisting the company’s contracted fire service, AlliedBarton Security
No one was injured in the blaze, ArcelorMittal said in a statement released
late on Tuesday.
On the ground was the Burns Harbor department’s tower truck, which Capt. Rob
Wesley estimated flowed between 20,000 and 25,000 gallons of water into the
bunker. “It was a pretty good fire,” Wesley said, “and we worked the hell
out of our aerial.”
“We also did some ventilation and overhaul,” Wesley added. “And a good job
was done by all.”
The BHFD was on the scene for some two and a half hours, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Both the Chesterton and Porter fire departments were on standby at
“We are currently evaluating the damages and potential impact on our coke
battery operations,” which is anticipated to be minor,” ArcelorMittal said.