(La Porte, IN) - Nobody was injured in a vacant house fire in LaPorte over the weekend.
Firefighters Saturday night responded to 1108 Clay Street, where heavy smoke billowed from the two-story structure. La Porte Fire Chief Andy Snyder said a lot of water had to be used to extinguish the fire, which caused extensive damage to the building.
“The fire had gotten into the walls and in between the floors. It turned into a pretty good extensive effort to extinguish the building so much so that ultimately we ended up needing to call some off-duty personnel to help us out with the fire,” he said.
Snyder said the house contained multiple apartments vacated recently to renovate the structure.
Mayor Tom Dermody said the house was in the process of being fixed up in response to a crackdown of the city's code enforcement department on the property. The cause of the fire was still under investigation, but an electrical problem of some sort has not been ruled out.