Winamac Fire Department Explores Aerial Truck Purchase

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department is exploring the purchase of an aerial truck. Fire Chief Brian Guzman told the town council Monday the recent downtown fire brought the need to the forefront.

“From the time you call one in, it’s you know a good 20 minutes to get here,” Guzman said. “Knox is usually our first one. Reason being, that is they know their stuff, they work with us well. We can tell them where to go, they know the hydrants, whatever. Bass Lake was the other one.” Continue reading

Firefighters Testify in Arson Trial

 
 

The first firefighters to arrive at the scene of a blaze at a Knox business testified yesterday in the arson trial of its owner. James Campbell is accused of setting fire to his salvage yard and tire shop on U.S. 35 at Toto Road last March 20st. Barry Sanders from the Bass Lake Fire Department was the first to arrive. He showed up in his personal vehicle with his sons about five minutes after the notification went out. Sanders was recovering from shoulder surgery but still came out to assist. He testified his concern was for Campbell’s house, which is located just south of the salvage yard. Sanders said he knocked loudly on the doors and windows for several minutes until the heat drove him away, and nobody answered. Earlier witnesses testified Campbell was at the shop until around 5 p.m. Firefighters were notified at 5:17 p.m., according to dispatch records. Continue reading

Funeral Services Today for Knox Fire Victims

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.
A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

The two North Judson residents who lost their lives in a house fire last Friday morning will be laid to rest today. A joint funeral services for Lucas Finn Fisher, 2, and his grandmother, Linda Manns, will be held at 1 p.m. CST at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Looks into Hacker Shack Fire

Firefighters extinguished a fire at the location of the old Hacker Shack building.
Firefighters extinguished a fire at the location of the old Hacker Shack building.

Officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department went to the scene of a Monday night fire at the former Hacker Shack building located on the grounds of the Bass Lake Golf Course.

The building had been torn down and it appeared that the rubble was set on fire like a controlled burn, according to officials.

Bass Lake firefighters were called to the location on 500 South on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and they remained there for a few hours. No injuries were reported.

Fire at Former Hacker Shack Building under Investigation

Firefighters extinguished a fire at the location of the old Hacker Shack building.
Firefighters extinguished a fire at the location of the old Hacker Shack building.

The Bass Lake Fire Department was called to a fire Monday night where the debris of the old Hacker Shack building on the Bass Lake Golf Course was located.

Fire Chief Les Jensen told WKVI News said that the building was previously demolished. The remaining rubble was on fire when they got there. The firefighters arrived at the scene on 500 S. shortly after they were notified which was around 5:30 p.m.

Jensen said the sheriff’s department was notified of the incident and it remains under investigation.

Bass Lake Fire Deemed Accidental

 
 

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.

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Fire Destroys Garage, Damages Home at Bass Lake

 
 

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.