Departments halt fire at truck maintenance facility

An electrical problem is thought to have started a fire in a triaxle dump truck outside of Cave Quarries' shop on Jasper's south side this morning. That fire ignited another truck and the blaze eventually started to spread to the north side of the 935 S. Newton St. shop. (Photo provided)



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.

Two triaxle trucks were total losses in today's fire but workers moved other trucks in the vicinity and used a large front-end loader to move the two engulfed trucks away from Cave Quarries' shop. Damage to the building was estimated at $15,000. Photo courtesy of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo provided)

“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.

Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Fire departments responded to a blaze at Cave Quarries in Jasper on Friday morning.

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