Chesterton Fire Department
was one of the agencies which assisted in containing a mulch fire that broke
out Sunday at 910 Morthland Drive near Valparaiso.
Valparaiso FD received the
call at approximately 2:50 p.m. of several large mulch piles and pallets
that caught fire on several acres of property that is currently being used
by Reed’s Nursery south of Penna Hill Drive and west of Sturdy Road.
VFD Battalion Chief Lester
Abraham said a tanker plan was initiated involving Chesterton FD, Morgan
Township, Washington Township, Boone Grove, and Union Township volunteer
CFD arrived on the scene at
5:02 p.m. bringing its tanker and dumped a total of six and a half loads of
water on the fire totaling 19,500 gallons. Each tank load took nearly 45
minutes to complete. The tanker was refilled at the nearby Valparaiso
CFD cleared the scene at
No injuries were reported
and there is no estimate yet on the amount of property damage, Abraham said.
VFD is expected to work
today and some of tomorrow to extinguish the remaining “hot spots,” Abraham
said. NIPSCO is assisting in removing the burned piles and pallets.
The fire is believe to have
started in one of the mulch piles that spread to others and the pallets.
Some of the mulch piles were as tall as 50 feet and flames shot up five to
ten feet, Abraham said.