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 […]

Something to think about: Renovated factory buildings

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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 […]

Large grain dryer fire in Ohio

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  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 […]

Firefighters battle a corn silo fire for over 6 hours

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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 […]

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