Firefighters battle a corn silo fire for over 6 hours

August 31, 2014 In the NewsTraining  No comments

Corn Fire

As harvest season quickly approaches, we are sure to start seeing more of this.

Before you encounter one of these fires, be sure you understand the structures themselves, the drying systems that often cause the fires, the conveying systems that can spread the fire, and the implications with fires in limited oxygen and dusty environments.

LAWRENCE, COUNTY, Ala. WHNT – Fire crews in Lawrence County battled a corn silo fire just north of Courtland on County Road 389.

Six fire departments responded including: Hillsboro, North Courtland, Town Creek and Hatton.

25-thousand barrels of corn were in the silo, when it caught fire late Friday evening.

By the 6 hour mark around 18-thousand gallons of water had already been used to put the fire out.

At around midnight on Friday, firefighters were ...

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Recent grain elevator incidents emphasize need for combustible dust preparedness

August 27, 2014 EditorialTraining  No comments

Last week on Thursday, I spoke at the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association‘s Indiana Emergency Response Conference. During my session, I discussed a grain elevator combustible dust explosion that occurred in Coshocton, Ohio a few weeks ago.

Then on Friday, another Ohio grain elevator suffered an explosion; this time occurring in Evendale, near Cincinnati. Initial reports stated that a lightning strike may have been the cause of this event, but later reports indicated that a belt or pulley may have overheated and ignited dust in the headhouse.


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Industrial fire in OH caused by machine malfunction

August 7, 2014 In the News  No comments

MENTOR, OH WOIO -Mentor Fire officials say the industrial fire at Metal Seal Precision on July 26 was started after a machine malfunction.

The fire caused $20-30 million in damages. All 200 employees were evacuated and made it out safely.

Hydraulic oil caused the fire to burn for hours and smolder for days. It also contributed to polluting a local pond. Officials were able to contain it from spreading to other waterways.

One employee, Rich Smith, said they tried to contain the fire with fire extinguishers but it spread quickly after an explosion.

Employees were able to return to work the following week, but they are only operating in half of the building.

It is not yet known when they will return to full operation.

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Food processing plant destroyed by fire

July 21, 2014 In the News  No comments

The Bonduelle food processing plant in Tecumseh, Ont., may be up and running again by Wednesday.

A fire that broke out at 2 a.m. ET last Friday destroyed the warehouse where items are stored but production areas were left intact.

Bonduelle Americas CEO Daniel Vielfaure expects half of the permanent staff to come back to work this week.

Company officials have estimated damages to be somewhere between $40 million and $50 million.

Tecumseh Fire Chief Doug Pitre said the canning section and the dry warehouse were turned over to the company Saturday.

Vielfaure says his plant manager went inside the plant to assess the damage.

“Our plant manager says he’s optimistic that he can maybe run production on the canning side by the end of the week,” he said. “We’ve called our sanitation crews in...

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Fire Destroys Industrial Warehouse in Iowa, Three Firefighters Injured

June 21, 2014 In the News  No comments

POLK COUNTY, Iowa – Three firefighters were injured while battling an industrial warehouse fire in Saylor Township, located just outside Des Moines, on Saturday.

A passerby reported the fire at 1863 NE 54th Avenue at about 8:40 a.m. Saturday. More than half a dozen area fire departments responded to the scene. Officials said that the fire was under control at about 12 p.m. and extinguished by 2:30 p.m.. Crews remain on the scene monitoring hot spots.

“Prior to [the firefighters’] arrival there was heavy fire and a couple of explosions, once they arrived they had several more explosions. At this point the fire is under control, there’s no risk of it spreading beyond the structure that’s currently involved,” Deputy Director of Polk County Emergency Management Jon Davis said.


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Fire breaks out in coal feeder at PA cement plant

June 20, 2014 In the News  No comments

Firefighters were dispatched to the Essroc Cement plant in Lower Nazareth Township late Wednesday after Essroc personnel reported an uncontrolled fire, according to emergency radio broadcasts.

The fire at the plant on 3940 Easton-Nazareth Highway, Route 248, was reported in a coal feeder just before 11:50 p.m.

The blaze set off a carbon dioxide fire-suppression system as smoke poured from the plant’s roof. Fire officers consulted with plant officials on the best way to put the fire out.

Plant officials turned off power to the coal feeder as firefighters approached the building to check on the fire shortly after midnight.

By 12:25 a.m., officers radioed that the smoke seemed to be letting up, but they were not certain the fire was out or under control.

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Fireworks Plant Fire and Explosion Rocks Area

June 20, 2014 In the News  No comments

Tenino, Wash. – One person was killed and two were injured Wednesday morning in an explosion at a Thurston County fireworks facility.Deputies and firefighters responded to the scene, Entertainment Fireworks in the 13000 block of Reeder Road Southwest, at about 9:55 a.m. after receiving a report of an explosion and fire in a building.Three injured victims were found at the scene.The most seriously injured of them, 74-year-old Bill Hill, died before he could be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.A 25-year-old named Ke-Andrew Pierce was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with burns and trauma. Gregg Farnsworth, who is co-owner of the business, was taken another hospital to be treated for burns.All three victims are employees at the facility, Elwin said...

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Kitchen fire leads to evacuation at MO Hotel

June 20, 2014 In the News  No comments

CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)– The Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel was evacuated late Thursday afternoon after a kitchen fire.

One guest, staying on the 8th floor described hearing the fire alarm and leaving the hotel to see smoke billowing from the alleyway.

Firefighters extinguished the fire while police officers redirected traffic.

Hotel guests waited on the sidewalk outside for firefighters to give the all clear to return to their rooms.

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Psychiatric hold after Bay Bridge truck fire: Man was “laughing and taunting firefighters,”

June 20, 2014 In the News  No comments

A man was taken into custody on a psychiatric hold after his truck burned on the westbound Bay Bridge approach Thursday just past the toll booths, the California Highway Patrol said.

Around 8 a.m., a 32-year-old Sacramento man driving a white Ford F-150 pickup truck stopped about 115 feet past the plaza after paying his toll. After a few minutes, authorities were called about smoke coming from the truck, said CHP Officer Michael Ferguson.

The truck then became fully engulfed in flames as the man inside got out and “was laughing and taunting firefighters,” a witness told The Chronicle.

Panicked workers and drivers in the area flagged down an officer from the Department of Homeland Security who was passing through the toll booths...

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Large Fire Burns At Recycling Plant In CA

June 20, 2014 In the News  No comments

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — A large industrial fire is burning at a recycling plant in Rancho Cucamonga.

The fire, located in the 8800 block of Etiwanda Avenue, is engulfing the plant as firefighters are battling the blaze with heavy water cannons in at least three directions.

Stu Mundel, reporting in Sky9, said said bales of recycled material “whatever it is,” were burning out of control.

The San Bernardino Fire Department was on “attack mode” trying to put as much water into the yard as possible to knock down the flames.

The fire was first reported about 4:10 p.m.There were no traffic problems attributed to the blaze, he reported

via Large Fire Burns At Recycling Plant In Rancho Cucamonga « CBS Los Angeles.

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