Firefighters respond to machine room, gas spills

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department made three brief runs within a 24-hour period.

The first, at 8:41 a.m. Thursday, was a report from the Huntingburg Police Department that some gasoline had been spilled in the southbound lane of U.S. 231 at 19th Street, according to Assistant Chief Glen Kissling.

Kissling said a 2 1/2-gallon gas can had fallen from the back of a truck, and about half of the can’s contents spilled.

Firefighters put down oil dry and absorbent material on the travel lane.

One truck and eight firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

Then, at 8:31 p.m. Thursday, the department was called to a small fire that was thought to already be contained at MasterBrand Cabinets’ facility at 1008 N. Geiger St.

Fire Chief Scott Patberg said either a wood waste grinder or the conveyor supplying it emitted a spark that briefly ignited some sawdust. The sawdust was wetted down with the only damage being a scorched section of wall, Patberg said.

Four trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

Finally, at 6:50 a.m. today, the department was notified of a gasoline spill at the Superior Ag pumps at 901 N. Main St.

Approximately 3 or 4 gallons of gasoline had been spilled on the pavement, according to Kissling and Patberg. Kissling said the cause of that spill remains under investigation.

The department put down oil dry and absorbent material to contain the spill, and turned the soiled area over to Superior Ag maintenance for final cleanup.

Two trucks and eight firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

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