Sprinkler System Controls Industrial Fire
A fire sprinkler system is credited with saving an Albion industrial building from fire Sunday.
Just two sprinkler heads controlled a fire that broke out in Busche Enterprises Plant #2, at 1515 E SR 8. Fire broke out in a second floor utility closet and was discovered just before noon, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. The cause is believed to be electrical.
Albion firefighters were called out when light smoke was discovered in the area, but instead of a hard and dangerous firefight they discovered the flames doused and only some cleanup work to do. Light smoke and water damage resulted to an office area at the front of the building, but the operation in the rest of the building escaped damage.
As a normal precaution for an industrial fire, the AFD sent three fire engines, a rescue unit, and two other units to the call, manned by 18 firefighters. The fire was declared under control in about twenty minutes, and firefighters returned to service at 1:24 p.m.
Fire Levels Barn
Fire northwest of Albion destroyed a barn and its contents Sunday evening, but no injuries were reported.
A 911 call reported flames coming from the large wooden barn, at 3365 W 525 N, at 8:29 p.m. The Albion and Ligonier Fire Departments were immediately dispatched, but when a Noble County Sheriff's deputy arrived a few minutes later the building was already engulfed in flames. It began collapsing just thirteen minutes after the blaze was discovered.
Firefighters concentrated on protecting an outbuilding that was only twenty feet from the burning structure, on property owned by Wilber Buffenbarger. Jacob Widacker, who called the fire in, is reportedly renting the property.
After protecting the other building and consulting with Buffenbarger, officials decided to allow the collapsed barn to continue burning, to lesson the cleanup costs. Some farm equipment kept inside the barn was destroyed, and radiant heat was so intense that it set a nearby field on fire despite the recent rains.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but will be difficult to determine due to the amount of damage. there was power to the building.
Although no civilians or firefighters were injured, a Ligonier fire truck reportedly
received slight damage when it clipped a stop sign while setting up water supply at the Diamond Lake public access site.
Mutual aid was called to the scene from the Cromwell and Orange Township Fire Departments, while the Topeka, Kendallville, and Johnson Township Fire Departments provided standby coverage to the area. Noble County EMS and Noble REMC personnel were also called out.
Units remained on the scene until about 10:12 p.m. Along with other departments, 25 Albion firefighters responded, manning two engines, two tankers, and three other units.
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