For The Record: 10/25


FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded at 5:01 a.m. today when a car was reported on fire at the 25 Industrial Park Road McDonald’s restaurant.

Firefighters arrived to find a 2001 Ford Focus owned by Dee Moon engulfed in flames about 30 feet from the building, Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said.

Moon had parked the car about five minutes before flames were spotted, Lindauer said.

The fire chief credited a Ferdinand Police Department officer and McDonald’s employees for using available fire extinguishers to at least keep the fire knocked down as much as possible until fire units arrived.

The car was totaled. Lindauer said its engine compartment was gutted, along with some of the vehicle’s interior. He said the fire likely was attributed to an electrical issue.

Four trucks and 18 firefighters were on the scene 35 minutes.

A Berg’s Garage rollback wrecker also assisted.


JASPER — A car could be driven from the scene of a Tuesday morning mishap just southeast of Jasper.

Rodney Jerger, 53, of 2883 S. State Road 162, was southbound on State Road 162 in a 2013 Ford Mustang when the 3:50 a.m. accident occurred south of Schnellville Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Jerger lost control of the car, which went off the east side of the highway and hit an embankment, a deputy said.

Damage to the front and rear of the Mustang was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500.

Fire run

FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to a 9:22 p.m. Thursday alarm activation at Comfort Inn, 440 S. Main St.

There was no fire. Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said firefighters determined the hotel’s sensitive alarm system had been triggered by steam from a second-floor shower.

Evacuation was not required, said Lindauer, who added that firefighters switched out the detector with a new unit.

Four trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene 25 minutes.

The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

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