Firefighters killed in Ohio silo
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October 2, 2003
New Knoxville, Ohio-- Two firefighters were killed while trying
to prevent a blast that blew the top off a burning silo at a western
Ohio lumber company. Several other firefighters and lumber company
employees were injured in the early morning explosion.
The explosion sent chunks of the 75-foot-high concrete silo flying
into a cemetery 100 yards away.
Nancy Buschur, who lives close to the Hoge Lumber Co. said that
"It sounded like somebody had dropped a boulder or something
on our home."
New Knoxville Fire Chief Scott Schroer said that in an effort to
avoid an explosion firefighters had been trying to hose down the
silo, which was filled with wood shavings and sawdust, for about
two hours before the structure exploded around 9 a.m.
"What we had here was a dust silo that feeds the boiler for
the lumber company," Schroer said. "They've had fires
in these before."
Fire departments from several surrounding areas responded.
The victims were identified as Kenneth Jutte and John Garman from
the 32- member New Bremen Fire Department. The veteran firemen had
a combined total of 28 years experience in firefighting. Jutte was
one of two firefighters on top of the silo. Garman was in an aerial
bucket at roof level and was thrown to the ground.
Records from the state fire marshal's office show there have been
11 fires at the lumber company since 1991. No injuries were reported
in any of those fires.
Authorities are still trying to determine
the cause of the explosion at the family owned business. The lumber
company makes cabinetry and building supplies.
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