Departments halt fire at truck maintenance facilityJanuary 12, 2018
By BILL POWELL
JASPER — Firefighters with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, backed by tanker assistance from other local departments, fought a fire this morning at Cave Quarries’ truck storage and maintenance facility at 935 S. Newton St.
A TV crew from Louisville passing by the complex on South Newton Street called in the fire at 8:39 a.m., according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.
Hochgesang said a tri-axle dump truck near the shop started on fire because of what was believed to be an electrical problem. Mechanics were starting the trucks when the problem occurred.
“From there,” Hochgesang said, “it ignited another truck. They were parked up close to the building so the outside of the building caught fire.”
The north face of the building and its rubber roofing material were burning.
A reported explosion at the site turned out to be a burning tire that burst, according to Hochgesang.
Workers busied themselves moving other trucks in the vicinity. They also used a large front-end loader to move the burning trucks away from the shop, Hochgesang said.
Upon sizing up the situation, Hochgesang called for mutual-aid tanker assistance from the fire departments in Huntingburg, Ireland, St. Anthony and Schnellville.
“We were able — with the water supply we had on hand — to knock down the flames,” Hochgesang said. “When the tankers arrived we filled our equipment back up.
“It went very well for what we had.”
There were no injuries.
The two tri-axle trucks that were burning were totaled. Damage to the building was estimated at $15,000.
Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted with an ambulance on standby.
Five Jasper Engines and 28 firefighters were on the scene in excess of 90 minutes.
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