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CFD extinguishes brush fire on Sunday along I-94

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Chesterton firefighters doused a brush fire on Sunday along I-94.

Capt. Rudy Jimenez told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 2:20 p.m., the CFD was dispatched to the 27 mile marker of eastbound I-94 after two separate brush fires--a couple of hundred feet apart--were reported on the shoulder of the road. Firefighters used 160 gallons of water from the engine to extinguish the two fires.

The cause of the double brush fire is unknown but Jimenez speculated that “something hot” may have been thrown off by a passing vehicle and ignited the dry grass.

The CFD cleared the scene at 3:01 p.m.

Vehicle Fire

Earlier in the day, at 11:22 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the little strip mall at the southeast corner of the intersection of Ind. 49 and East Porter Ave., after the dashboard in a man’s Dodge pickup truck ignited, Jimenez said.

The man, seeing smoke coming from the climate control selector, pulled into the mall, ripped the dash board out, then used a knife provided by a Chesterton Police officer to cut the wires.

Firefighters ensured that the fire had been confined to the climate control box in the dashboard, then cleared the scene at 11:34 a.m.



Posted 6/10/2013