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.
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.