The Penn Twp. FD protects one of the most active recreational portions of the St. Joseph River. Recently, all shifts and part-time members of the Penn Twp. FD participated in Boat Operations and River Rescue Training.
A Penn Township firefighter was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital after the assistant chief says he suffered from heat exhaustion early Wednesday morning.
“He’s apparently feeling some of the effects of fighting the fire. He went in, and of course it’s kind of muggy tonight so that may have played a role. But, we heard he’s in ok condition and getting evaluated,” said Assistant Chief John Snyder.
Snyder said he went to the hospital and visited the firefighter. At last check he was waiting for lab results but expected to be released later Wednesday.
The fire sparked around 12:30 a.m. at a home on State Road 331, just south of Dragoon Trail. The original call came in as smoke in the basement, but crews found heavy flames in the garage.
“It looks like there were at least two vehicles, and maybe an ATV in the car port area that is immediately next to the house, and the fire seems to be contained in that area,” said Snyder.
The home sustained some smoke damage. No word on what sparked the fire, but Snyder said it does not appear suspicious.
Investigators are expected to return to the scene later Wednesday to try and pinpoint the cause.
The multi-company drill for the month of August 2012 was a Mutual Aid Water Supply/Tanker Shuttle Drill. In addition to Penn Twp, Madison Twp, Osceola, and Southwest Central Fire Territory participated in this drill. Companies were able to flow, 750GPM for over one hour, and at times over 1000GPM for ten minute intervals.
Firefighters now have an industrial fire under control at a Mishawaka plant.
Multiple fire departments were on the scene. Firefighters had a difficult time fighting the fire because it involved chemicals.
We were just told by our reporter that Osceola Fire Department also responded to help extinguish the flames. A special foam truck was needed to help put out the fire.
The police chief said the fire may be out, but chemicals are still leaking. Emergency crews will be at the scene for a few more hours working on chemical clean-up. A HazMat team from South Bend and a wastewater team from Mishawaka are working on a plan for leaking chemicals. The chemicals involved in the fire include acetone and oils.
The fire ignited inside a business just after noon at the busy intersection of Capital Avenue and McKinley Highway in Mishawaka.
Police closed traffic in both directions on McKinley Highway from Elder Rd. to East Ave.
ABC 57 News was the first local news station at the scene. Firefighters pushed our reporters back from the area, saying materials inside the building could explode.
We watched as firefighters worked to get the situation under control. We were there as one worker busted in a door to get inside and put out the fire.
ABC 57’s Jillian Mahen also spoke to a representative of Lebermuth Company. They said they will give us more information as soon as they know more about what happened. The company makes fragrances and essential oils.