During the early morning hours of 1/20/13 the Penn Twp. Fire Department responded to the area of Vistula and Crescent for a reported residence fire. Upon arrival companies found heavy fire coming from the front of the house, chimney enclosure. Residents had been evacuated from the house by SJCPD prior to PTFD’s arrival. PTFD requested Box 2102R at the Box Alarm level which brought in off-duty Penn Twp. FFs, Clay, Osceola, Cleveland and Mishawaka Fire Departments for Mutual Aid.
PTFD units initiated a “Quick Hit” of the outside fire, followed by an aggressive interior attack. Interior units found heavy fire conditions in the attic and were able to quickly confine that fire as well. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes. Damage is estimated at $50,000 to the structure, and $25,000 to the contents. The origin of the fire appears to be the fireplace due to a creosote buildup. PTFD reminds everyone to inspect your fireplaces and wood burners often to prevent buildup of creosote, in addition only burn dry woods to lessen the potential of creosote.