Ind. firefighter injured after pant leg catches fire

The Chesterton firefighter was injured while battling a brush fire at a construction site Thursday


Lucas Gonzalez
The Times, Munster, Ind.

CHESTERTON, Ind. — A firefighter was injured while battling a brush fire Thursday at the ANR Pipeline construction site when one of the legs of his pants ignited, town officials said.

The firefighter was taken from the scene to a local hospital and reported still feeling soreness early Friday, Interim Fire Chief Eric Camel said in a release from town government.

A Chesterton firefighter was injured Thursday after his pant leg caught fire during a blaze at a construction site.
A Chesterton firefighter was injured Thursday after his pant leg caught fire during a blaze at a construction site. (Photo/Chesterton Fire Department)

Crews responded about 12:39 p.m. Thursday to the construction site, where a sediment filter sock was on fire, the release states.

Firefighters used about 1,500 gallons of water to extinguish the flames but were forced to open the silt sock to douse the embers.

It was at that point a burning part of the sock rolled onto the firefighter's right leg, causing the pant leg to ignite, the release states.

The burning pant leg was then doused with a hose line.

The firefighter was transported to Franciscan Emergency Center Chesterton.

Crews cleared the scene about 1:32 p.m. Thursday.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Friday.

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