10 departments battle Tell City blaze

From Local Sources

TELL CITY — Ladder trucks from Huntingburg, Ferdinand, St. Meinrad and Dale’s Carter Fire District were among fire departments providing mutual aid when the old Swiss Plywood Building on the south end of Tell City’s Main Street caught fire Wednesday.

Tell City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Greg Linne said about 50 percent of the multi-use building that spanned more than three-quarters of a block was lost. The south part of the structure still used for warehousing was hardest hit.

Other portions of the building housed the Perry County FOP Lodge, a dance studio, and softball and archery practice facilities.

Huntingburg and Ferdinand’s ladder trucks were called to assist just before 1:30 p.m. Those departments, as well as trucks from Carter Fire District and St. Meinrad, were positioned in the area of a fire-stop wall. As a result, spaces on the other side of the fire wall were saved and escaped with mostly water damage.

To supply water to all the trucks at the scene, two 5-inch lines were run to the Ohio River, which was about 1,800 feet away, Linne said.

Local departments spent about six hours on the scene. Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department fire investigator John C. Smith said that, thanks to Tell City residents and businesses, there was basically unlimited pizza and bottled water available to firefighters.

Linne estimated 150 pizzas were brought for firefighters.

There were no injuries.

Authorities will try to trace the cause of the fire in the coming days.

Other fire departments assisting included the Cannelton, Anderson Township, Troy and Central Perry department.

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