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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 […]

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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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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