Lumberyard fire near Indianapolis

Smoke was reported from the roof of the Wooley Lumber facility in Mooresville this morning. Per local reports, Mooresville fire chief Tim Medsker said there was something inside causing the smoke, and firefighters were using handlines inside and on the roof by the catwalk. Firefighters reported heavy smoke coming from a conveyor belt inside the […]

Propane Fuels Industrial Building Fire in  Los Angeles; Arson Unit On Scene

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    Propane cylinders and combustible storage items fueled a large fire Monday morning at an industrial building in the Glassell Park area north of downtown Los Angeles. IMAGES: Fire rips through industrial building in Glassell Park https://t.co/4xoufueeIV pic.twitter.com/tO9IMDzZZl — NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) February 1, 2016 A passer-by called 911 to report the fire […]

Major Fire Reported At Blue Grass Stockyards

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Lexington fire crews are responding to a major fire at the Blue Grass Stockyards on Lisle Industrial Avenue off Leestown Road. The fire started sometime around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Reports of dark smoke is visible for several miles. Source: Major Fire Reported At Blue Grass Stockyards – LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather […]

Fire at major hotel in Dubai near NYE fireworks

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BREAKING: A large hotel in Dubai is on fire in an area hosting what is billed as one of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties. Firefighters were dispatched just after 9:30 PM local time to The Address Hotel, not far from the Burj Khalifa Tower, around which thousands of people have gathered to watch […]

Warehouse fire under control; Firefighters to remain on scene all day

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Firefighters have contained a fire at a west side warehouse, but say it will still be hours before it is completely out. More than two-dozen fire trucks and 75 firefighters were sent to help fight the fire. Just after 4 a.m., firefighters said the roof of the building was in danger of […]

Harvest season means fire season in many communities

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Harvest season has been in full swing across much of the Corn Belt for several weeks. And with this surge of activity, typically comes an increase in the number of fires we see in harvesting equipment and grain handling facilities. This year has been no exception. In the past few weeks, many fires relating to […]

Fire rips through Missouri biodiesel plant

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  A biodiesel plant in central Missouri went up in flames this week, shooting flames “taller than the town’s grain elevator”. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled greases. Soybeans are often used to supply an oil product (though this can also include other oil grains […]

Not Just Another (Proverbial) Fire

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A Facebook video of a funeral procession involving fire apparatus is making the rounds this morning, and aside from the obvious (which has been covered in the comments of the original post), this presents yet another good example of some of the battles that fire departments (and other safety agencies) have to fight that involve […]

Multiple businesses damaged in fire; several factors work against firefighters

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Firefighters had to shuttle in water to put out a massive fire that destroyed two businesses and caused damage to a third near Holland. Michigan on Wednesday morning. The fire seems to have originated in a plastic grinding machine at Trin Polymers. Not only was an available firefighting water supply an issue, but Olive Township […]

FDIC International 2015

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“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…” In a few hours, I’ll be leaving for Indianapolis to participate in this week’s FDIC​ International 2015. Without question, this is among the premier training events for the fire service, and I am proud to once again be teaching. This is my fifth year being invited […]

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