Leadership

Volunteers Control Warehouse Fire Before It Extends to LPG Storage

Issue 7 and Volume 134.

Volunteers Control Warehouse Fire Before It Extends to LPG Storage FEATURES A fully involved fire in an LPG distributor’s warehouse threatened to spread to three large storage tanks before it was controlled by volunteer fire fighters in central New York State. The old saying, “It can never happen here,” is seldom heard in Sennett. Believing that it could happen, Sennett volunteer fire fighters had already taken extensive training on handling hazardous materials. Thorough knowledge of the diverse hazards in their fire district—commercial buildings, a shopping center, factories, a bulk tank farm, a county rest home, a lumber yard, agricultural and residential buildings—is stressed in pre-fire plans and drills. This knowledge was put to the ultimate test on the afternoon and evening of last Nov. 22 when Cayuga County Fire Control received numerous phone calls of an explosion and fire at the Texgas plant on N.Y. Route 5. Witnesses a quarter…

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