One Occupant Sustains Injuries After 2-Vehicle Crash on 300 E and 250 N

One person was transported to the hospital for injuries, following a two-vehicle crash in Starke County on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Starke County Central Dispatch Center, a pick-up truck and passenger car collided at the intersection of 250 N and 300 E. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, the Knox Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to the scene. Continue reading

Police, Fire and Medical Units Respond to a Two-Vehicle Accident on U.S. 35 and 400 N

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center confirmed that they received a call about a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 and 400 N at 6:17 p.m.

Officers from the Hamlet and Knox Police Departments also responded to the accident, along with members of the Knox and Hamlet Fire Departments. Dispatch reported that all medical units and two helicopters were also sent to the scene. Injuries were reported, however, the number of individuals involved and the severity of said injuries are not currently known.  Continue reading

Knox and Koontz Lake Firefighters Assist Hamlet Fire Department With Railroad Street Fire

State Fire Marshal Fred Sumpter has officially ruled the cause of a structure fire that took place in Hamlet last week as undetermined.

Hamlet Fire Chief Brad Hazelton reported that on Friday, October 20th the Hamlet Fire Department received a call about a fire at a vacant structure located on West Railroad Street around 2 a.m. The fire was extinguished but the house was significantly damaged.

Chief Hazelton said that the State Fire Marshall conducted an investigation. Hazelton determined that it was too dangerous for the firefighters involved to enter the crawlspace under the house so the cause was established as undetermined.

Hazelton also reported that thanks to the use of their alarm system, Knox and Koontz Lake Firefighters we called out to assist with the incident. He said the departments often assist one another when they’re in need of more firefighters and to utilize equipment that one department may have access to that another does not. Continue reading

Preliminary Investigation Results of Three Vehicle Accident on State Road 8 Released

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox City Police, Starke County EMS, Knox Fire Department and Washington Township Fire Department responded to a traffic accident on State Road 8 near 600 East.

According to the police report, the accident involved three vehicles. The preliminary investigation indicates that a male juvenile was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am traveling east on State Road 8 when he veered across the center line, striking a full-size handicap Ford van, occupied by a male and female traveling west on SR 8. Continue reading

Denney Street Fire Extinguished Within Minutes

A small fire broke out in a home in the 1000 Block of Denney Street, yesterday evening. The Knox Police Department was the first on the scene and reported seeing smoke. The fire department received the call at 5:47 p.m. and rushed to the home in the Binkley subdivision. The fire was contained to the kitchen and was extinguished within 5 minutes. Starke County EMS assisted at the scene and fortunately no injuries were reported.

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 from Three Departments Respond to Semi Fire

The brakes on this tractor-trailer caught fire on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35.
The brakes on this tractor-trailer caught fire on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35.

The semi is registered to Hikma Transportation, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.

Firefighters from three area departments kept a tractor-trailer fire on U.S. 30 from spreading to a couple of nearby buildings and managed to save most of the truck’s cargo. The Hamlet Fire Department was called to U.S. 30 just west of the Stay 4 Less Motel just after 7 p.m. A semi registered to Hikma Transportation, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. had caught fire, and the wind caused the flames to spread to the field on the north side of the road. The driver was not injured. The truck was hauling a load of tractor tires, but the flames were contained before they could catch fire. The Knox and Hanna Fire Departments also responded.

Knox Fire Department Hoping to Extend Sidewalk

The 50/50 sidewalk replacement project for the city of Knox may include some work for the fire department’s sidewalk near Five Star. Mayor Rick Chambers told the city council this week that the city has received several applications for the sidewalk replacement project, and the fire department recently asked him if the city would consider extending the sidewalk on the west side of the fire department.

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