Need for More Firefighters Addressed at Winamac Town Council’s Special Session

One of the first matters brought up when the Winamac Town Council held a special meeting with members of the Fire Department on Monday was the need for more firefighters.

Fire Chief Bill Weaver stated there are 16 members on the roster right now but two are inactive. He added that they’re looking at some prospective candidates currently. He explained that they’ve posted about the need for more members but haven’t had much luck getting people interested in serving. Continue reading

Red Cross to Serve Meals in Starke, Pulaski Counties Saturday and Sunday

Red Cross volunteers will be serving meals in Starke and Pulaski counties Saturday and Sunday. Lunch will be available at the Monterey Fire Station from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. Dinner will be served there from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Meals will also be served at the Winamac Fire Station from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST for lunch and 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner.

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Arson Suspected in Winamac House Fire

The Winamac Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating an arson case at a home at 1172 W. 350 S. in the Winamac area.

Fire Chief Bill Weaver stated that the firefighters have been called to that abandoned residence four times. The Indiana State Fire Marshal was called to the scene after the fire started the second time and all accidental causes have been ruled out.

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Star City Fire Department Called to Car Fire


Firefighters from the Star City Fire Department were called out to a fire at 4882 W. 550 S. in the town of Pulaski Tuesday afternoon.

Star City Fire Chief Mark Fox said seven or eight cars caught fire and it is undetermined how the fires started. Fox does not know if he will continue with an investigation at this time.

The Winamac Fire Department assisted at the scene along with the Buffalo Township Fire Department. Firefighters were on the scene for two-and-a-half hours. No injuries were reported.

Several Fires Reported over the Weekend

Firefighters were busy responding to various calls this weekend.

Spring fever has hit and everyone has been out cleaning yards and burning unwanted brush and leaves. Firefighters ask that you not burn anything outside on days where the gusty winds are forecast. It’s safer to put off until a calm wind is predicted in order to burn things outside.

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Indiana State Fire Marshal to Investigate Cause of Winamac Fire

An investigator with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office will be in Winamac today to delve further into what caused a late Friday night fire at Dillman Tire.

The Winamac Fire Department was called to the business located at the corner of Logan and Pearl Streets at approximately 11:20 p.m. ET as several people going by noticed smoke coming from the building.

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Fire Destroys Winamac Business

An overnight fire destroyed a Winamac business.

Winamac Fire Chief Bill Weaver told WKVI that The Winamac Fire Department was called out at 11:20 p.m. ET Friday night to a fire at Dillman Tire, located at the corner of Logan and Pearl Streets. The fire started in the eastern part of the building where a workshop is located.

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Fire Destroys Home of Winamac Family

An early Monday morning fire destroyed the home of a Winamac family and now they’re in need of help.

Winamac Fire Chief Bill Weaver explained that the fire department was called to the Kevin Taylor home at 411 W. Main Street at about 5:50 a.m. ET. Taylor, his wife and two children made it out of the house safely before the fire department arrived at the scene.

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Winamac Fire Department Called to House Fire

The Winamac Fire Department was called to a house fire at Doug Sobczak’s residence at 626 N. Market Street on Tuesday, January 24th.

Winamac Fire Chief, Bill Weaver, said that the homeowner called and said there was a fire in the living room. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. A representative from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office was called to the scene and could not determine the cause of the fire. Damage was contained to the living room area.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

Arson Suspected in Apartment Fire in Winamac

The Winamac Fire Department was called to two fires Monday.

Winamac Fire Chief Bill Weaver said that firefighters were called to an apartment fire at 303 N. Market Street at about 1:30 p.m. ET. They were able to get to the scene quickly and extinguish that fire. Weaver said that an investigator from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office arrived on scene and determined that the fire started in the closet in a bedroom and that it was deliberately set. No arrests have been made yet in this arson case and the fire remains under investigation. If you have any information about this fire, call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at (574) 946-6655.

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