Machine fire draws firefighters to plant

From Local Sources

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded Monday morning when fire was reported in a machine at Peak Tool Works, 1180 Wernsing Road.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the company makes carbide-tipped saw blades. One machine that uses oil during operations is hooked to a blower system that collects residue, according to the chief.

Hochgesang said that machine’s metal filters caught fire because of a malfunction.

Some plant personnel deployed dry-chemical extinguishers, with firefighters arriving and using more dry-chemical units until ensured power was cut to the machine.

The filters were then carried outside to be hosed down.

Garage bay doors were opened and the fire department set up several exhaust fans to ventilate the plant’s production area.

“The office area was fine,” Hochgesang said.

Five trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes.

The Jasper Police Department assisted.

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