A Pine Township resident was arrested at his home on Monday on a charge of
interfering with firefighters who were trying to douse the blaze engulfing
his residence, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 5:17 a.m. firefighters from multiple departments
were dispatched to the residence of Christopher Battishill, 40, at 624 E.
Old Chicago Road, to battle a fire there. Battishill “was actively
interfering with firemen as they were trying to extinguish the fire,” police
Battishill was taken into custody, medically cleared at Porter Regional
Hospital, and then transported to Porter County Jail, police said.
Battishill was also wanted on an active warrant charging him with failure to
comply with probation, police added.
Interfering with a firefighter is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a term
in jail of up to a year.
“This is still under investigation as to the cause of the fire and Mr.
Battishill’s involvement,” police said. “New charges could be forthcoming
after the investigation is complete.”