Ferdinand firefighters respond to pair of runs

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department went on a pair of runs Saturday evening.

The first call, at 5:54 p.m., involved the passage of the remnants of Tropical Storm Olga.

A narrow corridor of damaging winds — the National Weather Service office at Louisville said one gust was registered at 56 mph in Dubois County — brought down a large pine tree across 23rd Street.

Fire Chief John Hoppenjans said three trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes removing the tree from the roadway.

Strong winds associated with the system resulted in multiple reports of downed trees and power outages in Dubois County. The winds were behind a line of showers that delivered 1.76 inches of precipitation in Jasper.

Then, at 7 p.m., Ferdinand’s firefighters were called to the report of the smell of smoke in the gym at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School, 1440 Michigan St.

Hoppenjans said the cause was a failed motor in a heating unit in a locker room. Power was shut off to several units in the locker room and firefighters exhausted smoke.

Three trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene for an hour.
The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

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