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Video: More than 20 fire departments respond to industrial blaze

The firefighting efforts nearly depleted the town's water supply


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. — The fire could be seen for miles Saturday night as the Industrial Pallet Corporation on U.S. 52 in the south west portion of Tippecanoe County caught fire.

We are told the fire started sometime after eight o'clock and before the first fire department arrived thousands of wooden pallets were on fire. Firefighters estimate more than one hundred thousand pallets burned. Twenty-two fire departments and one hundred fire fighters were called to help out.

There are not any fire hydrants located at the plant so water tanker trucks were brought in to haul water to the fire. Fire fighters almost drained the town of Clarks Hill water supply.

Full story: 22 fire departments called to building fire in Tippecanoe County


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Tom Kelly Tom Kelly Sunday, January 06, 2013 1:02:14 PM somedays its best to bring folding chairs and let the fire do what it wants to do.
Mick Chester Mick Chester Sunday, January 06, 2013 2:36:29 PM The math doesn't fit the one hundred million gallon clam...
James E Phillips James E Phillips Sunday, January 06, 2013 2:38:16 PM Tom, I have to agree With you here. Along with protecting the out lining houses let it burn.
Bill Stephens Bill Stephens Sunday, January 06, 2013 3:00:48 PM I would believe 10 mil gallons of water. But not was reported...They should have set up a protected perimeter and protected the bordering properties and just let it burn itself out.
Carl Burney Carl Burney Sunday, January 06, 2013 6:05:13 PM The little town next to mine once had a massive pile of railroad ties set on fire by kids. It was several hundred feet long and 30-40 feet high. I remember thinking as I stood there that it was surely what hell must be like. In spite of some 25-30 departments shuttling in water it was quite futile. It was burning so hot that you couldn't put enough water on it. A backhoe was finally brought in to carve a fire break in the pile and we let what was on fire burn out, which took several days.
Crystal Nadeau Crystal Nadeau Monday, January 07, 2013 3:28:10 PM wow...marshmallow's anyone?
John Riley John Riley Tuesday, January 08, 2013 11:42:16 AM How many water systems could handle a 100 Million Gallon fire? Not mine and I'm sure not yours. Think of the water shuttle operation with tanker/tenders of 2,000 Gallons. Just think of what would be needed for a fire using 100,000 gallons in a rural operation, not counting the wind and temp. If this report brings anything home guys, its preplaning. BTW, it was just an error in the reporting.
Jack Nelson Jack Nelson Tuesday, January 08, 2013 8:20:46 PM Hey guys, check this out! Between aerials, 2/12-3" hand lines, ground & engine monitors, flowing 20,000 GPM X 60 minutes per hr =120K GPH X 8.5 hr fire, 1 million Gallons may not be far off! So here is the rub! Using 20-25 tankers each carrying 2,000 G some more. some less that's 50,000 Gallons combined each cycle, how many dumps per hr were there? Now how about travel time x2, wait time, fill time, re-fueling time, staging time, how many. folding tanks were there? I know my numbers are a little aggressive, even cutting them in 1/2, it is possible over a 24 hr time frame to use a million gallons including mop up! I don't know of any tanker shuttle that could be executed with timed precision for that duration..Think of all of the other factors I left out! Just a passing thought! Happy New Year my brothers and sisters..
Dave Miller Dave Miller Wednesday, January 09, 2013 12:31:28 PM Let's see, one hundred million gallons? If each tanker had 3000 gallons that's 3,333 trips. LOL
Chris Wikeen Chris Wikeen Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:41:33 PM I'm curious how far the nearest water supply was and what the GPM from that source? If water tender shuttle was needed then hats off to those guys and gals for a job well done. Would like to talk with the water officer and see how they put the plan together. Relay pumping might of been an option if water was relatively close by. Anyway you slice it, a lot of water was needed to put this thing to sleep.

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