Multiple fire departments were called to respond to a residential fire in the 600 block of East Long Lake Road in rural Liberty Township, Porter County, shortly before 3 o’clock on Wednesday. Chief Rob Huffstodt of Washington Township was first to arrive on scene with initial reports of possibly two structures involved. Chief Huffstodt reported the front of the structure being fully involved and a secondary exposure starting to catch fire nearby. A First Alarm was called; which brought in additional fire departments. Long Lake structures are close to each other in this area and proved to be difficult in extinguishing the fire. With the narrow county roads and fire hydrants stopping at the Township line in the unincorporated Liberty Township area. Engine companies laid a water supply line and relay pumped to the attack engines. Assistant Chief Michael Wineland of Liberty Township stated no one was home at the time and the nearby neighbor of the house of the exposed residence to the fire was able to safely dial 9-1-1. Assistant Chief Wineland stated multiple hand lines were used off the fire engines. No one was home at the time of the fire. Much of the residence was intact with the front sustaining most of the damage. The Porter County Fire Investigation Strike Team in conjunction with Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department are working to determine the cause of the fire; which remains under investigation at this time.
August 30th, 2019|Local News|