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Hogs perish in Pine Township barn fire

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Livestock perished early this morning in a barn fire in Pine Township.

At 12:36 a.m. the Pine Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a fully involved barn fire at 1634N 600E, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Himan told the Chesterton Tribune today. Firefighters had no chance of saving the barn, however, as on their arrival the structure had already burned nearly down to the foundation.

A horse and cow were safely evacuated from the barn, Himan said. But two hogs were not. They perished in the blaze.

Assisting at the scene were the Beverly Shores, Chesterton, and Porter fire departments with engines and manpower. A tanker plan was also called, as there was no hydrant near the scene. Participating in the plan were the CFD, PFD, Liberty Township, Westville, Cool Springs Township, and Michiana Shores departments, which all filled their tankers from a hydrant at Pine Elementary School on County Line Road.

Fully 70,000 gallons were used to douse the fire, Himan said.

Himan described the barn as at least a century old and large, constructed of heavy timber, with a partial basement and a loft. It was completely destroyed. Himan was unable immediately to estimate the loss. Nor was he able to pinpoint a cause, which remains under investigation.

The PTVFD cleared the scene at 3:26 a.m.

Posted 8/19/2014