Indiana crews work to save piglets from overturned tractor-trailer

Not a fire, but an interesting situation Thursday night for a central Indiana fire department. A livestock semi tractor-trailer hauling nearly 2,100 piglets from North Carolina to Iowa overturned along Interstate-465 in the Indianapolis area. Crews worked nearly 4 hours to save as many animals as possible by offloading into other trucks, which hauled surviving […]

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Employees evacuated after dust collector catches fire

FOND DU LAC (WITI) — The Fond du Lac Fire Department was called out to Mercury Marine on Monday afternoon, November 10th after a dust collector system caught fire. Fire officials say Plant 98 at Mercury Marine had to be evacuated after plant personnel reported a fire occurred in a dust collection system connected to […]

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. […]

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

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 […]

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Fire badly damages Indiana feed mill

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 […]

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Something to think about: Renovated factory buildings

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 […]

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Large grain dryer fire in Ohio

  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 […]

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Firefighters battle a corn silo fire for over 6 hours

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. […]

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Ben Peetz

BEN PEETZ, ASP, CFPS, is a Senior Loss Prevention Specialist and fire protection consultant for a commercial property insurance carrier specializing in the forest products and other manufacturing industries. He is a second-generation fire service veteran with the Napoleon (IN) Volunteer Fire Department, where he has been involved for over 20 years.


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