Jasper firefighters clear US 231 tree

From Local Sources

Photo courtesy of Clint Cooper

JASPER — Members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department sprung into action Monday afternoon when a large tree fell and blocked part of U.S. 231’s northbound lane in the WITZ Bottoms.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said about a dozen firefighters responded to the 4:24 p.m. event by grabbing their chainsaws after learning the response time for an Indiana Department of Transportation crew could be up to two hours.

Firefighters had the tree cleared in about 20 minutes.

Then, at 8:10 a.m. today, the department responded to an alarm activation at the Holiday Inn Express, 2000 Hospitality Drive.

Hochgesang said 23 firefighters responded but it was soon learned steam from a guest’s shower had set off the alarm.

The department also went to the hotel at 2:29 p.m. Saturday when a 13-year-old boy was reported to be stuck in an elevator.

Firefighters opened the elevator and ensured a service technician had been contacted.

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

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