No one was injured
on Saturday in a fire in Crocker which destroyed an attached garage and
significantly damaged a nearby house, the Chesterton Fire Department said.
Fire Chief John
Jarka told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 3:02 p.m., the CFD
was dispatched to 1801 Elgin St. after a resident of the single-family
rental property returned home to find the garage--located approximately 10
feet from the house--on fire.
Responding to the
scene under mutual aid agreements were the Burns Harbor, Porter, and Portage
FDs, Jarka said, and first on the scene with an engine were BHFD Chief Bill
Arney and his crew. Arney promptly advised the CFD that the garage was fully
involved with extension to the house, prompting Jarka to call a first alarm,
which mustered the Liberty Township, Washington Township, and Beverly Shores
FDs as well.
“Burns Harbor did a
great job of initial attack,” Jarka said, but 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of
water were still needed to extinguish the blaze. Because the nearest hydrant
was on the south side of 1050N, that road was closed east of Ind. 149 to
allow a hose line to be run north to the house, located at the far dead end
of Elgin Street.
The garage and its
contents--including a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a passenger
vehicle--were destroyed, Jarka said. Radiant heat from the garage ignited
the house’s exterior siding and spread the fire into the residence’s
kitchen, with the home sustaining smoke and water damage throughout.
total damage to structure and contents at $60,000.
The cause of the
fire--which Jarka said was accidental--is still under investigation, but a
resident did advise the CFD that he’d been doing unspecified work in the
garage earlier in the day.
No residents or
firefighters were injured and all pets in the home were saved, Jarka added.
The CFD cleared the
scene at 5:18 p.m.