It probably looked,
to passers-by, like a much bigger deal than fortunately it turned out to be.
A grease fire
filled the Third Coast Spice Cafe with smoke after closing on Saturday but
Chesterton firefighters were able to douse the small blaze with a minimum of
muss and fuss.
Capt. Tony Coslet
told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 6:40 p.m., firefighters
were dispatched to the Third Coast Spice Cafe at 761 Indian Boundary Road
after heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof vent.
Also dispatched to
the scene, under an automatic aid agreement: the Porter and Liberty Township
On their arrival,
firefighters did observe smoke both inside the building and out, swirling
from the roof vent which serves the restaurant’s hood system. But Third
Coast was closed and entry had to be forced into the business through the
front door, Coslet said.
Inside, in the
kitchen, firefighters found a large stock pot on a stove containing butter,
with “three feet of flame coming off the top of it.” The stove had
inadvertently been left on, causing a grease fire, Coslet said.
“We used very
minimal water,” Coslet noted. “The hood system activated and did what it’s
designed to do.”
There was no damage
to the restaurant other than a “light haze of smoke,” which prompted the CFD
to ventilate the premises. Also ventilated: the business next door, MOMs
Method, due to some seepage of smoke.
check for extension and deployed the ladder truck to get a good look at the
roof of the building. No actual overhaul was necessary, however, Coslet
The CFD cleared the
scene at 8:07 p.m.
This morning the
Third Coast Spice Cafe’s phone went straight to voice mail.