During the early morning hours of Sunday 1-14-18 Penn Twp. Fire Department was dispatched to a house on fire at 11849 Willard St off of Cedar Trail. Units arrived within 5 minutes of the 911 call and found heavy fire coming from the attached garage of the residence and that all occupants had evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Units performed an aggressive interior attack on the fire but had to be pulled out due to the heavy fire in the attic space and collapse of the roof.
Penn Fire was assisted by Clay Fire Territory, Mishawaka Fire, Cleveland Twp. Fire, Baugo Twp. Fire as well as SJCPD and SJC Highway. Units were hampered by the sub-zero weather as well as the lack of fire hydrants in the area. The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be started by an electrical issue in the garage. The damage is estimated to be around $120,000.
Penn Twp. Fire Dept. would like to remind everyone that WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES! In this case the residents were sleeping and were alerted by a working smoke detector. If you live in Penn Twp. you can request free smoke detectors by calling us at 574-255-5075.
Just after lunchtime on Friday 1/12/18 C-Shift Squad 14, Medic 13, Battalion Chief 5 and SBFD EMS 1660 responded to the 16000 block of Petro off of Ireland Trail for one patient pinned between a car and a basketball hoop. BC Kazmierzak arrived to find one patient trapped with serious arm injuries.
Squad 14 used their airbags to free the arm and the patient was transported to the trauma center with serious injuries.
During the afternoon of Friday 1-12-18 C-Shift Squad 13, Medic 13, Battalion 5 (Kazmierzak) along with Clay Medic 24 responded to the 14800 block of Douglas Road for a T-bone crash with serious injuries.
Units found a 2 vehicle t-bone crash with one patient serious and one patient with minor injuries.
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Late afternoon on 1-3-18 C-Shift Squad 14, Tanker 13, Tanker 14 and Battalion Chief 5 (Kazmierzak) responded to this large factory fire. Units operated at the scene for approx. 10 hours with Squad 14 pumping for about 8 hours straight supplying a ladder and numerous handlines. BC5 was the charlie division.
A large fire at a business in Elkhart county continued to burn nearly 8 hours after it started.
Fire Chief Rich Newman of Cleveland Township Fire Department says crews were called to a fire at Cana Cabinetry around 3:30 pm.
When firefighters got there, they saw flames and smoke coming out of the front end of the plant.
Officials say the building contained several flammable objects like lacquer, acetone and wood.
It also housed a few propane tanks, which crews say, caused a few small explosions.
Chief Newman says there were employees inside the building during the fire but they escaped unharmed.
However, two firefighters were injured trying to put out those flames.
Officials confirmed one was taken to the hospital for a ground level fall and the other injured fireman was sent back to the station after suffering from frostbite.
Newman says 13 different fire crews responded to the scene.
Many of them transported water as there weren’t any hydrants nearby for at least 2,000 to 3,000 feet.
5 /5 Photo courtesy ABC57 Diana Gutierrez