Archive for August2014

Firefighters battle a corn silo fire for over 6 hours

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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. […]

Recent grain elevator incidents emphasize need for combustible dust preparedness

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 […]

Industrial fire in OH caused by machine malfunction

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 […]