Porter house destroyed by fire
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/648-3154 February 20, 2013 4:45PM
Updated: March 22, 2013 10:35AM
PORTER — It took several hours in bitter cold temperatures for firefighters to get a stubborn house fire under control Tuesday night.
The blaze destroyed the house undergoing construction at 1240 Sunset Ave., on the town’s northwest side, said Deputy Chief Lewis Craig Jr. He said the homeowner had just purchased the home and was renovating it before moving into it.
As firefighters arrived, neighbors watched as flames shot out of the second-story addition above the garage of the ranch-style home.
The Porter Volunteer Fire Department, with help from several neighboring departments, fought the fire for more than four hours until about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Craig said. He estimated they used more than 30,000 gallons of water.
“I was frozen solid,” said Craig. “When I took my gear off, it almost stood up on its own.”
Craig said he believes the fire may have originated near the water heater. The homeowner told him he had work done on the water heater earlier on Tuesday.
Craig said Porter received assistance from Chesterton, Burns Harbor, Beverly Shores, Liberty Township, South Haven and Portage fire departments. Also, Porter Hospital EMS and the Porter police assisted in the fighting the fire.