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Hay Plant Fire

May 2, 2011

Photo by Terry Spradley

This afternoon the Stafford station was paged out to an out-of-control controlled burn south of Zenith. Approximately a minute later another fire tone went out – the Hay Plant north of Stafford was on fire.

The Hudson station was dispatched to the Hay Plant. Just afterwards several of the Stafford units did a u-turn and headed back towards Stafford.

The first arriving responders found the boiler room on the east side of the plant fully involved. Flames had already breached the roof of the boiler room and were lapping upwards onto the main structure wall and windows.

Fearing the involvement of the main structure, Command requested St. John respond for additional assistance – which they did.

The closest fire hydrant is approximately 1,000 feet from the plant, so the pumper wasn’t instantaneously in place. Once it was positioned onscene, firefighters made an immediate attack.

Firefighters knocked down the seat of the fire quickly, but the fire had extended into many nooks and crannies within the building and the enclosed system.

The boiler room and all of its contents were a total loss. The main building also had significant damage to the walls around the boiler room.

Firefighters did a marvelous job of fighting the fire. The three stations worked together like clockwork.

St. John News Editor Terry Spradley was on scene and will follow up with a full story as well as photos.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 3, 2011 6:30 pm

    Thanks Terry.

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