Starke Election Board to Review Polling Place Change in Hamlet

Hamlet Fire StationThe Town of Hamlet wants to move their polling site to a newly constructed facility.

During Monday morning’s Starke County Election Board meeting, the request was reviewed. The Election Board says that although Hamlet has already voted on the move, the change must also be approved at the County level.
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Investigation Not Yet Complete for Winamac Eagles Fire

Winamac EaglesOfficials will continue their investigation Friday following a major fire at the Winamac Fraternal Order of Eagles Post #2580.

It took firefighters from multiple agencies about 10 hours to extinguish flames and contain hotspots in the rubble. Responders were able to leave the scene around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

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Fire Destroys Winamac Eagles Location

Firefighters continued to battle flames on Wednesday afternoon that resulted from a morning fire in Winamac.

The Winamac Eagles Post #2580, located in the 600 block of West 11th Street, caught fire around 8:25 a.m. EDT. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but three State Fire Marshal’s were called to the scene to investigate.

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Pulaski County Home Destroyed by Fire Thursday Morning

A mobile home was heavily damaged following a Thursday morning fire in Pulaski County.

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call around 5:22 a.m. in the area of 3200 North and 300 West in Ripley. Once on scene, firefighters noticed the south end of the mobile home was engulfed.
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Investigation Ongoing After LaPorte Fire Station Burglarized

A rural LaPorte County fire station is missing some equipment following a burglary.

The incident occurred at Coolspring Township Station #2 – that’s located on Shebel Road near County Road 100 North. LaPorte County Sheriff’s investigators say the fire station is unmanned and in a remote location.

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La Crosse Grain Elevator Explosion Injures Four

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The explosion at the Co-Alliance grain elevator in LaCrosse critically injured four employees, two of whom were airlifted to Fort Wayne. The others were taken to Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso.

It didn’t take long for emergency responders to arrive to the scene of an explosion on Thursday morning in La Crosse.

The 911 Center in La Porte County received a call of an explosion just before 9:00 a.m. An Indiana State Trooper was in the area and heard the explosion before arriving on scene.

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Bass Lake Fire Volunteer Celebrates 50 Years of Service

A member of the Bass Lake Volunteer Fire Department remembers when training used to be the “on the job.”

A few years have passed for 75-year-old Roger Prybel – who has served for 50 years with the Bass Lake volunteers. He was recently honored for his longevity in service by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter Association in Indianapolis.
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Space Heater Misuse May Increase Fire Risk

The Knox Center Township Fire Department is reminding residents to follow a few key rules when operating a space heater this winter.

The devices use electricity to help warm various spaces in homes, typically during colder months. Keeping the device too close to flammable household items can result in structure fires or other damage.
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Learn Before You Burn: Reduce Health and Environmental Hazards with a More Efficient Fire

2As the Indiana temperatures continue to get colder many residents are turning to their fireplaces or wood stoves for warmth. Keep in mind, there are ways to burn a more efficient fire and reduce wood smoke which is harmful to human health and a source of air pollution.

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House Fire Reported in LaPorte; No Injuries

A house fire in LaPorte resulted in no injuries, according to police. The fire occurred around 4:05 p.m. on Sunday at 502 E. Maple Ave., prompting the response of police and fire services.

According to the report, the victim told police she heard a loud noise and the power went out. Shortly afterward, the victim said her children alerted her to a fire in the basement. She went to investigate and said she saw flames coming from the breaker panel and immediately called 911. The family was able to exit the home safely with no reported injuries.

The fire remains under investigation.

Fire Destroys Bass Lake Home; No Injuries

A fire at a Bass Lake summer residence destroyed the home but caused no injuries, according to Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen. He told WKVI that the fire occurred at a residence in the 3700 block of South County Road 210, on the north side of the lake between Boa Shores and the Shore Club.

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Local Fire Chiefs Urge You to Burn with Caution During Dry Spell

The spring season started out to be a bit soggy, but as we approach the end of the summer season, things are drying up.

Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost stated that his department has not been called to many grass or brush fires during this dry spell and encourages residents not to burn – especially on windy days.

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Walkerton Fire Cause Under Investigation

The cause of a Tuesday morning fire at a Walkerton home remains under investigation. It started in the garage of the residence at 2973 Redwood Road around 9:30 a.m. The family got out of the home safely, according to ABC 57, but three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. Lapaz-North Township Fire Chief Chris Oginsky tells the TV station they were treated with IV fluids and will be fine. Tanker trucks from multiple departments hauled water to the scene since there are not fire hydrants in the area. Oginsky says firefighters also had a tough time accessing the attic area to extinguish the flames.

 

LaPorte County Officials Investigating Jail Fire

Officials in LaPorte County are still looking into the cause of a July 4th fire in a jail cell that sent one inmate to the hospital and forced the temporary evacuation of about 40 others. The fire started just before 1 p.m. in a cell occupied by Marzano R. Shelly, 35, of Michigan City. He’s jailed pending trial on charges of murder, robbery, possession of a firearm by a violent felon and battery by bodily waste. Shelly was alone in the cell, according to “The Times,” and is believed to have tried to burn his mattress. It smoked but did not fully ignite. Matches and lighters are banned from the jail, so it’s unclear how Shelly may have started the fire. The cell is located in an area of the jail reserved for inmates with disciplinary problems. The other nearby inmates were shifted to another part of the jail for a few hours.

 

Fire Destroys Argos Pallet Yard

Firefighters spent Sunday afternoon battling a blaze at a 75-acre mulch and wooden pallet yard in Argos. Crews were called to North Central Pallets on SR 10 around 1 p.m. and remained there for nearly eight hours, according to WNDU-TV. There are no fire hydrants in the area, so tanker trucks had to make numerous trips to bring water in. There’s no word yet on the cause of the blaze.

Sandbar Arson Still Unsolved

No word has been released on the cause of the fire at the Bass Lake Sandbar.

No word has been released on the cause of the fire at the Bass Lake Sandbar.

Starke County detectives are continuing in their investigation of the arson committed at the Sandbar at Bass Lake.

Police and fire officials have not released the cause of the fire due to the ongoing investigation.

Five fire departments battled the early morning fire on Dec. 2. It took three hours to extinguish. Investigators from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office returned with an arson ruling several weeks after the incident.

Detectives are asking for your help in gathering information about this incident. There is a reward of up to $5,000 if you can relay information that leads to the arrest of any person(s) involved in this arson. Your anonymous tip can be reported by calling 1-800-382-4628.