unattended on a stove at the Orchard Apartments on Tuesday smoked up two
units and caused several thousands of dollars in damage to a kitchen, the
Porter Fire Department is reporting.
No one was injured
in the fire, however.
Fire Chief Jay
Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 4:11 p.m., the PFD
and--under an automatic aid agreement--the Chesterton FD responded to the
Orchard Apartments after a resident was awakened by an activated smoke
The resident found
something burning on the stove, with flames extending both to the drywall
behind the stove and the cabinets above it, Craig said. The resident
succeeded in knocking down most of the fire using flour, then called 911. A
responding Porter Police officer subsequently used a fire extinguisher to
smother the rest.
believes that the fire was caused by something his girlfriend left cooking
on the stove but was unable to say what, while Craig said that it was
unclear from the scene what initially ignited. Craig did estimate damage at
The PFD ventilated
both the residentís apartment and a neighboring unit, then cleared the scene
at 5:10 p.m.