Jasper firefighters answer debris, pull-alarm calls

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The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called to a fire in a large steel trash bin outside a Newton Street residence on Monday.

From Local Sources

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a trash bin fire Monday and a manufacturing plant’s pull alarm Tuesday.

That recent activity closed out early today with a false-alarm run.

This week’s first call, at 2:53 p.m. Monday, was to a fire in a large steel trash bin outside of the residence at 2055 S. Newton St.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the fire involved construction debris in a roll-off, steel bin being used by a contractor. A passerby alerted the contractor to the fire.

Hochgesang said the contractor had used a garden hose to fight the fire, but it took firefighters deploying fire-suppression foam to extinguish it.

The disposal firm took the bin and disposed of the contents at a landfill.

Two trucks and 21 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

Then, at 8:46 a.m. Tuesday, the department was called to a pull-alarm activation at the Jasper Group plant at 305 E. 12th Ave.

There was no fire, Hochgesang said. Instead, he added, a forklift had accidentally bumped the pull station.

Three trucks and 25 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

Finally, at 5:51 a.m. today, the department was notified of an alarm activation at Fifth Street Elementary, 401 W. Fifth Street.

Hochgesang said it was nothing more than a faulty smoke detector.

Two trucks and 24 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

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