Weed Torch Used To Melt Snow On Roof Causes Fire

Liberty Township Firefighters were called just before noon on Sunday, January 9, 2022 after a fire broke out inside a residential barn-style home after a weed torch was used to melt snow on the roof, according to Liberty Township Fire Officials.

Photo of the torch. Photos – Josh Stowers – RNS

Fire Officials arrived on scene and began their initial investigation and found smoke and flames on Charlie side of the structure. Liberty Township Fire Chief Brian Duncan requested for an initial Tanker Plan to be activated after Washington Township Fire Chief Rob Huffstodt reported a working structure fire.

Multiple fire crews made an offensive fire attack heading inside on the second and third floors of the structure where they were meant with heavy smoke and flames. Crews began locating the source of the fire in void spaces through parts of the home. There were no injuries reported at this time.

Liberty Township Fire Department is proud to serve the residents of Liberty and Jackson Township. They thanked the responding Departments who were deployed to help extinguish the fire and for other logistical support. On scene support was provided from Washington Township, Westville Community, Chesterton Fire Departments.

Photos – Josh Stowers – RNS

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