Firefighers head to hospital, home store, plant

From Local Sources

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department made a run late Monday afternoon to Jasper’s hospital on the heels of Friday runs to a home store and a manufacturing plant.

The most recent callout, at 5:47 p.m. Monday, involved a duct detector alarm activation on the sixth floor at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, 800 W. Ninth St., according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said water was leaking from a rooftop air conditioning unit, and moisture from that triggered the duct detector.

The issue was identified and turned over to maintenance staff.

Three trucks and 23 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

Friday’s first run, at 11:06 a.m., was to Home Depot, 4250 Newton Street.

It was nothing more than a false alarm, with three trucks on the scene 20 minutes, Hochgesang said.

Then, at 9:01 p.m., maintenance staff returning to Kimball International’s Plant No. 2, 1620 Cherry St., from another nearby building heard something not normal behind the building, investigated and discovered an electric motor that was part of the dust-collection system, the fire chief said.

Hochgesang said a bearing in the motor had failed and maintenance employees kept fire from starting by deploying an extinguisher until the fire department arrived.

Five trucks and 28 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.




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