Two house pets
perished on Sunday in a fire in the home at 227 S. 14th Street, the
Chesterton Fire Department said.
Lt. Aimee Gilbert
told the Chesterton Tribune today that, around 2:16 p.m., the
resident heard a noise like a “boom” from the kitchen and then saw smoke.
The resident called 911 and exited the residence.
On their arrival,
Gilbert said, firefighters observed smoke outside the one-story home.
Assisted by the Porter and Liberty Township Volunteer departments, the CFD
used around 400 gallons to extinguish the blaze, which was confined to the
kitchen but did severe damage there.
A dog and a cat
perished in the fire, Gilbert said.
however, was saved, by Porter Deputy Fire Chief Jay Craig, who used an
oxygen mask especially designed for pets, one of two donated to the PFD
about a year ago, Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Tribune.
ruled the fire accidental and traced the place of origin to the dishwasher
in the kitchen, which was full of dishes and had been running, Gilbert said.
Official cause of the fire: “faulty equipment.”
Some overhaul was
necessary in the kitchen and adjoining living room to check for extension,
Gilbert noted, but the actual fire damage to the kitchen was extensive, with
heat damage to the living room, and smoke damage throughout the house.
Damage to the
structure was estimated at $50,000; to contents, $25,000, Gilbert said.
The CFD cleared the
scene at 4 p.m.