On Sunday 11/11/12 at 1150hrs the Penn Twp. was dispatched to a reported grass fire at 10389 McKinley.· Initial arriving units found that the grass fire had extended into a house, garage, fence, and several yards.· Units immediately requested a residential fire response and began extinguishing the house and garage fires using (2) 1.75″ hose lines.· The property owner had been burning leaves at the time and due to the very high wind gusts the fire spread out of control quickly to his garage and yard, the neighbor’s garage and yard, and the Indiana Excavating property and black drainage pipe storage area behind his property.· PTFD used approximately 5,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.
Estimated damage to all properties involved is approx.. $15,000.· Penn Twp. FD was assisted at the scene by Clay Fire Territory E-245, Cleveland Twp. FD Tanker 8, St. Joseph Co PD, and St. Joseph Co VEST.