Fire at Iowa auto body business involves flammable, toxic chemicals

DES MOINES, Iowa —A third alarm and a Code Red alert were called for a fire at a commercial building in Polk County Monday. rews were called to The Body Parts Store at 2123 Northeast 46th Ave. about 3 p.m. The scene is just southwest of the east mixmaster where I-80, I-35 and I-235 meet. […]

Firefighter killed, hundreds evacuated after ammonia leak at meat processing plant

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This past week, a firefighter was killed and 20 people were injured after an ammonia leak at a meat processing plant in Israel. The leak occurred at the Hod Hefer processing plant at Emek Hefer industrial zone north of Netanya. The incident forced the evacuation of over a hundred people from the surrounding area. Some […]

Fire badly damages Indiana feed mill

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PIERCETON, Ind — An overnight fire badly damaged a feed mill in northern Indiana, although firefighters were able to largely keep flames from reaching its grain bins. Officials say a police officer on patrol spotted smoke coming about 2 a.m. Thursday from the Egg Innovations Feed Mill in the Kosciusko County town of Pierceton. Pierceton […]

Not Just Another Cause?

When we stop to consider what constitutes an incident that’s “not just another fire,” I’m sure the first thing to come to mind for most of us isn’t the cause and origin. However, we sometimes need to be thinking outside the box when we review facilities, both in our investigation and our inspection modes. A […]

Spontaneous combustion destroys NY grain plant

Spontaneous combustion fires are fairly common this time of year, especially when it comes to storage of grain or organic material that may contain excess moisture. Through an oxidation process involving moisture and air, bacterial fermentation can generate heat. If the material is very dense, packed tightly, or otherwise stored in a way that does […]

Something to think about: Renovated factory buildings

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Last month, a massive fire destroyed a large former factory site that was undergoing an extensive renovation into apartments and retail space. In my travels over the past 10 years, I have gotten through many of these very old, multi-story factory buildings while they were still in use for manufacturing operations. The floors and structural […]

Large grain dryer fire in Ohio

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  A large grain dryer in Ohio caught fire last week, resulting in the photo above. Grain drying can be performed by “batch drying” (through the use of a mobile drying unit or by using a stand-alone drying unit like the one in the photo) or it can be accomplished by forcing heated air through […]

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 […]

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