Leadership

30-Hour Fire in Blizzard Tests Men and Apparatus

Issue 3 and Volume 132.

30-Hour Fire in Blizzard Tests Men and Apparatus It was subzero weather and the snow was just beginning to fall as we responded at 1:53 a.m. on January 25, 1978, to a warehouse fire on the south side of Muncie. Everyone had taken the snow warnings lightly and there was only an inch of snow on the ground as we positioned our apparatus at the scene. We never thought that we would be fighting this fire for over 30 hours under conditions that would create a state of emergency—and then turn around and do it again. The warehouse contained corrugated paper and had once been a storage area for machinery. The floor had soaked up grease and oil. Only five minutes after we arrived, the roof collapsed and fire was spread through a quarter of the block-long building. The developing blizzard hampered our operations to an extent, but fortunately we…

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