Firefighters from several departments told the Starke County Commissioners on Monday night that they continue to have problems with radio communication.
A dog bite may have been the difference between life and death for a Bass Lake man. Fire Chief Les Jensen says his department was called to a house fire in Boa Shores around 3:30 Saturday morning. The homeowner was asleep when the fire started. Continue reading
Funeral services are Thursday, Dec. 11 1 p.m. at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox for the two people killed in a Friday morning house fire. Continue reading
A fire that started in a garage at Bass Lake that spread to a home Wednesday night was deemed accidental.
Bass Lake firefighters, with the assistance of the Washington Township Fire Department, put out the blaze at the scene on the south side of Bass Lake. Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen told WKVI News that they were on the scene for about four hours. The Indiana State Fire Marshal was at the scene Friday to assess the damage and cause of the fire.
Members of the Bass Lake Fire Department battled a garage fire and a house fire Wednesday night.
Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen said they were called to the scene on the southside of the lake at 10:30 p.m. CT and the fire had spread to a neighboring home. Jensen said the garage was a total loss and the house suffered some damage.
The Indiana State Fire Marshal will visit the scene today (Friday) help investigate the cause of the fire.
No injuries were reported. Crews from the Washington Township Fire Department assisted.
Members of the community are invited to take a final dip in Bass Lake Saturday and help a community agency in the process. Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen says the department is hosting a polar bear swim at noon at Bass Lake Marina. Continue reading
The cold water challenge in Starke County is going down to a deeper level.
Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen called out several folks to be part of a cold water challenge on Nov. 1 where a dip into the cold waters of Bass Lake will help benefit the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry.
WKVI morning show host Tom Berg and sports director Nathan Welter will be chilling out, or perhaps freezing to death, for charity this afternoon at the WKVI studios in Knox. News director Mary Perren paid it forward by calling both of them out as part of the cold water challenge. Continue reading
The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is working with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office in an investigation into the Thursday evening fire at the C&C Salvage.
Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen told WKVI News that the investigation into the cause and origin continues. Some preliminary information may be available this week. As of now, he said, there is nothing new to report.
Eight fire departments responded to the scene to attempt to put out the fire. Thick black smoke billowed from the business at the corner of U.S. 35 and Toto Road, south of Knox.
An investigator from the state fire marshal’s office will be called in to determine the origin and cause of a fire that destroyed a Starke County business. The Bass Lake Fire Department was initially called to C &C Salvage on U.S. 35 south of Toto Road at 5:17 p.m. Thursday night, according to dispatchers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office. A black mushroom cloud of smoke could be seen for miles. Firefighters from the Knox, North Judson, Hamlet, Washington Township, Koontz Lake, San Pierre and Monterey were all called in to assist. Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen says one firefighter suffered minor injuries. Continue reading
Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells has released the name of the woman who died in a Monday night house fire on State Road 10 near County Road 300 East in Knox. He’s scheduled an autopsy tomorrow in Fort Wayne to determine the cause of death for 78-year-old Zorka Antonijevick. Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen says his department was called to her home at 2795 East State Road 10 in Knox around 11 Monday night and remained on the scene for 8 hours. The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department was called in to assist. Jensesn says the fire started accidentally but does not want to elaborate on the specifics until an investigator from the state fire marshal’s office has a look.
The cause of a Tuesday night barn fire southeast of Knox remains under investigation. Bass Lake Fire Chief Less Jensen says the structure at 200 East and 350 South was fully engulfed when firefighters from his department arrived. Dispatchers notified them of the blaze around 6:40 p.m. Jensen requested water support from the Knox-Center Township and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Departments. Firefighters spent 2.5 hours bringing the blaze under control. Nobody was injured. Jensen says the barn belongs to Sharon Murphy.
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.
The Sand Bar at Bass Lake was destroyed by an early morning fire on Sunday.
Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen told WKVI that the firefighters were called to the scene at aproximately 4:26 a.m. The structure is a total loss and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is on the scene investigating what caused the fire.
No one was in the bar at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Fire crews battled the blaze for three hours.
The Bass Lake Fire Department was assisted by the Knox-Center Township, Washington Township, Hamlet, and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Departments.
Photo by Denice Daggett.