No one was injured Monday in a fire which destroyed an abandoned home on
C.R. 1050N, the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department said.
Deputy Fire Chief Tom Shapen told the Chesterton Tribune today that
one-story structure--located a quarter to a half mile west of Meridian
Road--hadn’t been occupied in years, appeared to be entirely empty, and was
overgrown by weeds and vegetation.
“It was a wreck,” he said.
The LTVFD--with automatic-aid assistance from the Chesterton and Porter FDs--used
approximately 4,000 gallons of water to douse the blaze, which found
traction in the roof’s asphalt shingles and in the structure’s generally
rotten wood. “When the wood is that rotten, the fire gets deep-seated and
the structure burns very quickly,” Shapen said.
The cause of the fire remains undetermined. There were no active utilities
connected to the home.
Because the home wasn’t habitable, Shapen said that there is no monetary
The toughest part of the knock-down, Shapen added, was the heat and
humidity. Porter EMS was on the scene providing firefighters with water and
The LTVFD cleared the scene a little after 2 p.m. after almost two hours at