St. Meinrad, Ferdinand firefighters head to I-64

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Firefighters from St. Meinrad and Ferdinand responded this morning to the report of a semi trailer on fire along I-64.

Fire Chief Tom Kloeck with the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department said the callout to the interstate’s westbound lanes near the 63-mile marker came at approximately 4:20 a.m. CT and prompted him to request assistance from Ferdinand’s department.

Upon arrival, Kloeck said that instead of a fire, responding units found brakes on a FedEx tractor-trailer heading from Louisville, Kentucky, to Effingham, Illinois, had overheated.

Extinguishers had been deployed but Kloeck was unsure if there had been an actual fire. After unhooking the trailer, the incident turned into a roadside brake repair.

Four St. Meinrad trucks and 16 firefighters responded for 20 minutes.

Ferdinand Fire Chief John Hoppenjans said his department headed to the interstate with four trucks and 15 firefighters but was on the scene only about five minutes.

Then, at 6:25 a.m. ET, Ferdinand’s firefighters were called to a water-flow alarm activation at the under-construction Scenic Hills at the Monastery, a more than 70,000-square-foot facility near the corner of St. Benedict Drive and East Fifth Street that will eventually replace the current Scenic Hills Care Center.

There was no fire, Hoppenjans said, only personnel working on the facility’s sprinkler system.

Four trucks and 14 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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