Firefighters were called to respond to Jackson Township just after 4:30 PM (CDT) last Friday, for a garage on fire attached to a house in the 200 East block of 1050 North in unincorporated Jackson Township of Porter County. Arriving responders were met with heavy flames coming from the garage and had already begun to spread into the residence. Due to the location of the fire located away from the street, relay pumping was set up from the street and supplied water up to the engine from a port-a-tank. Assistant Fire Chief Wineland, pulled additional resources striking a First Alarm, Tanker Plan 1 and 2, which brought in personnel and Tankers from surrounding departments to supply water to the scene.
No injuries were reported. The Red Cross was called to respond to help the residences with temporary lodging as the fire created the living quarters uninhabitable. The cause of the fire was determined to be a blow torch device working on a vehicle inside the garage.
Liberty encourages area residents to join their local fire department as more than 80% of Porter County is protected by volunteers.