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Compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks explode during truck fire

From time to time, hazards that we may have previously recognized as low-frequency encounters become something we are much more likely to face on a fire or other emergency response. Technology or culture evolves. A particular process or type of equipment becomes more prevalent in society. And we get to deal with that. While the […]

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Water + Molten Steel = Massive Steam Explosion

When it comes to facilities handling molten steel and similar substances, firefighters must understand the implications of adding water during any fire suppression activities. While the event described here was not directly related to an emergency response, this is an excellent example of what can result when water comes in contact with a high-temperature, high-density […]

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Plane crashes into Florida warehouse, causes fire in explosives storage

A small plane crashed into a warehouse in Lakeland Thursday morning causing a massive fire, according to the FAA. Two people were on the plane. The crash occurred around 8:20 a.m. at 5300 Allen K Breed Highway, a former plastics factory. The building is owned by Key Safety Systems which manufactures automotive components. It was […]

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Deaths at TV factory emphasize need for hazard awareness

Do you have a manufacturing facility in your first-due area that makes seemingly benign products? What could ever be deadly in a plant that makes household electronics? An incident that occurred this week in South Korea emphasizes why it is very important for those working in these facilities to understand the implications of every action […]

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Fire destroys Pennsylvania countertop business after spreading from parked truck; block heater suspected

  A multiple alarm fire destroyed a Pennsylvania countertop manufacturer Tuesday night. Blume’s Solid Surface Products is a company that makes stone counter tops and employed about two dozen people. It was destroyed when the flames broke out after 6 p.m. The South Buffalo Fire Chief stated that it appeared two vehicles caught fire just […]

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Two major lumberyard fires so far this week…

Overnight, firefighters battled the second major lumberyard fire to make national news this week. In Connecticut, 21 fire departments responded to help put out a massive blaze in the town of Cornwall. Because of the high fire load with this type of fire, massive amounts of water were needed. Since the area is not served […]

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Fan likely caused $300,000 fire at PA manufactured housing plant

A malfunctioning fan likely sparked a fire that destroyed three homes under construction at a manufactured housing plant in Pennsylvania. A division general manager for the company said the fire destroyed two modular homes and one manufactured home all less than 2,000 square feet in size. The fire call was initially reported as an automatic […]

Happy New Year!

I want to take a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope you had a great Christmas season and enjoyed time with family and friends throughout the holidays. You may have noticed that other responsibilities have pulled me away from this page and my site in the past month or two. […]

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 […]

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Ben Peetz

BEN PEETZ, CSP, 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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