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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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.

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.

Woods Fire Burns 65 Acres in Marshall County

Several fire departments were called to the scene of a woods fire this morning west of U.S. 31 between Queen and Riley Roads.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department officials said that the fire is now contained and fire crews are leaving the scene. The cause of the fire has not been released.

Fire crews from Lakeville, Lapaz, Polk Township, Walkerton and Southwest Center Township Fire Departments battled the blaze that burned 65 acres in the wooded area. No buildings were damaged and no firefighters were injured. The blaze was called in to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department around 5am ET.

Electrical Fire Closes Knox Taco Bell Temporarily

A fire at the business caused the Knox Taco Bell to be closed for several hours.

A fire at the Knox Taco Bell yesterday brought the term “fiery hot” to the next level. An electrical fire occurred at the fast food chain at around 1 p.m. CT, but the fire had been extinguished by the time emergency crews had arrived.

Fire Chief Ken Pfost said the fire appeared to be caused by an electrical issue at an outlet near the drive-thru. He said the outlet had an extension cord plugged into it and may have overloaded the circuit, causing the fire, but did not trip the breakers.

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Fallen Oak Tree Causes Fire, Car Accident

The Washington Township Fire Department was called to a fire on 1025 East Monday night.

Assistant Fire Chief Dave Pearman said a big oak tree fell on some electrical lines in that area which caused two transformers to explode. The tree then fell into the road, and a driver soon struck the tree. The fire was extinguished by the fire department and the driver received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

REMC was called to the scene to deactivate the electrical lines so cleanup could begin.