Eighteen fire departments were needed to extinguish a fire at a trucking company warehouse in Nashville, IL, on June 7, 2006. The warehouse was owned and operated by NOTS Warehouse and Distribution Service for storing materials, including paints, stains and solvents plus wooden pallets and thousands...
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Hoyleton Engine 4525 was positioned on the south side of the warehouse. Firefighters operated two 1Â¾-inch lines, one 2Â½-inch line and the deck gun onto the roof and through burned-out skylights. This engine drafted out of two 3,500-gallon portable tanks that were supplied by six tankers. Ashley Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Sterns was the water shuttle supply officer. The nearest hydrant for the tankers to refill at was two miles away. Nashville Engine 4892 placed its deck gun into operation in an effort to cool the roof above the area of where the interior crews were operating.
At midnight, fire commanders requested two trackhoes from local contractors, Habbe Excavating and Glen D. Snead Inc. Hoyleton Fire Chief Brad Rommelman directed the use of the heavy equipment, which pulled the metal roof and walls off the building, allowing for better water penetration. The trackhoes pulled some of the burning product out of the building for extinguishment.
Hohlt declared the fire under control at 4 A.M. Mutual aid units from Clinton County were released at 6 A.M. The last Nashville apparatus left the scene at 11:15 A.M.
One hundred ninety firefighters operated five engines, two aerials, six tankers, two deck guns and 10 handlines to extinguish the fire. Approximately 1.9 million gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire, with 1.3 million gallons pumped from the two nearby lakes and 600,000 gallons shuttled to the scene by tankers. Damage was estimated at $750,000 to the building and $1 million to the contents. Numerous sets of bunker gear and several hundred feet of hose were damaged by the paint and stains in the runoff water. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. Firefighters contained the fire to the 18,000-square foot-portion of the warehouse, which housed 33 truckloads of product. Over 100,000 empty five-gallon plastic buckets with lids, over 2,300 empty wooden pallets, over 2,500 various size containers of stains, more than 20,000 aerosol paint cans and nearly 38,000 containers of latex paint. The larger portion of the warehouse, also containing paints and solvents, was saved, suffering only smoke and water damage.
The fire department had current pre-plans of the buildings. In March 2006, the entire department conducted a walk-through of all 10 buildings in the complex. The fire occurred in the smallest of them.