Heavy Response and Sub-Freezing Temperatures
THE 8-ALARM FIRE IN BURLINGTON, WISCONSIN, that eventually reached 13 alarms brought units from 92 fire departments (full run listing is HERE) to a food processing plant Wednesday night was successfully knocked down after 18 hours. (See the Firegeezer report HERE.) Firefighting efforts were severely hampered by the brutal cold temperatures which were in the teens throughout.
The fire threatened several liquid oxygen and ammonia tanks
FirefighterNation posted a recap of the operation which included rotating the fire crews every five hours through the night. You can read FFN's updated REPORT HERE.
Video by Larry Shapiro
The fire was in the MABAS mutual aid territory (northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa) and the dedicated team of photographers from ChicagoAreaFire had a couple of representatives – Larry Shapiro and Tim Olk – who trekked up to the town to document the fire. They tell us that the windchill factor while they were up there was minus-10 deg.
Read Larry Shapiro's first-hand report from the scene with a good summary of the fire hazard that was facing the crews HERE.
Larry's 45-image photo gallery (featuring lots of ice and Fold-a-Tanks) is HERE.
Firegeezer really digs tanker operations (Larry Shapiro photo)
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