Washington Township Fire Results in Countywide Cooperative Effort

The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call about a structure fire in the 8,000 block of 50 South shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday.

Washington Township Fire Chief Dave Pearman reported that all seven of the county’s volunteer departments assisted with the incident. Knox-Center Township, Hamlet, Bass Lake and Koontz Lake departments helped on the scene while North Judson Wayne-Township and Rail-Road Township departments helped cover neighboring districts to ensure that no areas were without assistance.

Chief Pearman said that crews utilized positive pressure ventilation to blow smoke out of the house and reported it took approximately one hour to take control of the fire. Continue reading

Starke Commissioners Reject Communications Invoice, Suggest Committee to Address Radio Woes

The Starke County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to reject an invoice for repairs to the county’s radio system. They agreed vendor J&K Communications did not adequately fix the system as promised and contend they used existing equipment without authorization. J&K has since told the commissioners they need to spend an additional $4,000 on a new VHF antenna to ensure adequate county-wide coverage. Continue reading

Four Departments Respond to House Fire

Thank you to WKVI listener Marcia Lockner for the photo of Sunday's fire on 175 N. at U.S. 35
Thank you to WKVI listener Marcia Lockner for the photo of Sunday’s fire on 175 N. at U.S. 35

Firefighters from four local departments responded to a house fire on 175 North just east of U.S. 35 Sunday afternoon. Dispatchers were notified of the fire at 2:15 p.m. The Knox, Hamlet, Koontz Lake and Washington Township departments spent three hours getting the blaze under control. No injuries were reported. As soon as we have more information, we’ll update the story on the air and on WKVI.com.



Area Firefighters Suit Up for Riley Gear Run

Several area firefighters are suiting up to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. Hunter Sharp with the Koontz Lake Volunteer Fire Department is one of four who are taking part in an upcoming race.

“We’re going to do a 15k run during the Blueberry Stomp Sept. 2. All of our funds go to Riley Children’s Hospital Magic Cart and Palliative Care. The magic cart goes around to each kid at Riley’s once a week, and they get to pick out gifts. Palliative Care is for families of children at Riley’s who unfortunately won’t get to leave Riley. They provide counseling and food and housing for those families,” said Sharp.

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