The Tri-Towns’ fire
departments all responded to a blaze early Saturday morning in an electric
control room at the 160-inch plate mill at ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor
Porter Deputy Fire
Chief Jay Craig told the Chesterton Tribune that the PFD was
dispatched shortly after midnight to assist Arcelor’s contracted fire
protection service, Allied Universal. Also dispatched: the Burns Harbor,
Chesterton, South Haven and Washington Township FDs.
The PFD was on
scene for approximately two hours, deployed four dry-chemical extinguishers
to knock the fire down, Craig said. Firefighters then waited until the
wiring had cooled and cleared the scene around 2:30 a.m., with Allied
Universal remaining on the scene standing by on fire watch.
Craig was unable to
say what caused the fire or how much damage was sustained by electrical
As of deadline,
ArcelorMittal had not responded to an e-mail from the Tribune.