A Jackson Township
woman sustained burns on Saturday in a bedroom fire, the Liberty Township
Volunteer Fire Department is reporting.
Fire Chief Brian
Duncan told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 8:30 p.m., the
LTVFD--assisted by the Chesterton FD under an automatic mutual aid
agreement--responded to a report of a residential fire in the 200 east block
of C.R. 1050. On their arrival, firefighters found a working fire in the
rear of the home but their first task, Duncan said, was to confirm that all
occupants of the home had safely evacuated, after the 911 Dispatch Center
advised that the initial caller had disconnected.
discovered both residents--a husband and wife and their dog--safely outside
on a rear porch, Duncan said.
used approximately 2,500 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze, which by
that time had “well involved” the bedroom, with flames breaching the
windows, Duncan said.
reported that the wife sustained first- and second-degree burns to her legs
and face, Duncan told the Tribune. She was transported by ambulance
to an area hospital, then later airlifted to hospital in Fort Wayne.
blaming the fire on “careless smoking,” Duncan said, and damage was
estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000.
The LTVFD cleared
the scene at 11 p.m.