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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. […]

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 […]

Food processing plant destroyed by fire

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 […]

Fire Destroys Industrial Warehouse in Iowa, Three Firefighters Injured

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 breaks out in coal feeder at PA cement plant

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 […]

Fireworks Plant Fire and Explosion Rocks Area

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 […]

Kitchen fire leads to evacuation at MO Hotel

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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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