Andersons Fire

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Emergency Management Director Dave McDowell said a neighbor called to report the fire around 5:30 a.m. at the grain, located off of State Road 218.
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alkebhr

Clarks Hill, IN

#1 Dec 27, 2008
my dad is a firefighter for Buck Creek. He was called out at about 5:30 this moning. He, and all the other firemen, have been working very hard. My father just returned home at about 9:30. He gets to come home, take a shower, and get a couple hours of sleep, while they called for man power to relive the firemen that have been there all day, and he gets to go at it again.

I really think none of us can thank all these firefighters enough.
Walking Zombie

Peoria, IL

#2 Dec 29, 2008
I am a Carroll County Firefighter and over the past two days I have been actively engaged in the Andersons fire for 37 hours. There are a lot of tired guys from a lot of places that all deserve a good pat on the back. This is one of those hard to fight fires in that this is a pile of corn cobs. This was long, cold hard work without the excitemnt of saving a home or rescuing someone from certain injury. This time out we knew we were in for the long haul up against tons and tons of burning material that towered above us. yet, help kept coming each time we asked. There are a lot of people that deserve a thank you and they go beyond just the firefighters. The local stone quarry for machinery and water, the local auto parts store that helped keep equipment running, the town of Delphi for putting up with continual fire truck traffic through the streets, and the Andersons themselves. The list, much like the fire, goes on and on.
Tracy Everett

United States

#3 Dec 29, 2008
I am one of the Delphi fire department wifes. I am one of the crazy people that pull over to the side of the road to let ALL the tankers heading from the stone curry to the anderson's..they are not running lights and sirens anymore, but I would like others to think about all the fire fighters that would like to go home to their families to stay for a full night and day without having to rest and go back to the anderson's. If you travel in our direction of town or towards monticello on 39 please take a few minutes to let them go around you or let them out on the road at the curry or on to 25 from 218. I know my girls would thank you for helping get the water to their dad to help get out the fire so he can stay home with them again and have a dinner with him.
Tracy Everett

United States

#4 Dec 29, 2008
As a Delphi firefighte's wife I am thanking you for all the help you have given them. Your right it is a long haul and it goes without saying that most of the time you don't get the pat on the back you all deserve. Here's your pat on the back as well as EVERY FIGHTERFIGHTER AND WORKER WORKING THE ANDERSON'S FIRE. God Bless you and your family and I hope ALL can return home to their families safe and sound.
Walking Zombie wrote:
I am a Carroll County Firefighter and over the past two days I have been actively engaged in the Andersons fire for 37 hours. There are a lot of tired guys from a lot of places that all deserve a good pat on the back. This is one of those hard to fight fires in that this is a pile of corn cobs. This was long, cold hard work without the excitemnt of saving a home or rescuing someone from certain injury. This time out we knew we were in for the long haul up against tons and tons of burning material that towered above us. yet, help kept coming each time we asked. There are a lot of people that deserve a thank you and they go beyond just the firefighters. The local stone quarry for machinery and water, the local auto parts store that helped keep equipment running, the town of Delphi for putting up with continual fire truck traffic through the streets, and the Andersons themselves. The list, much like the fire, goes on and on.
Walking Zombie

Peoria, IL

#5 Dec 29, 2008
No thanks are necessary. The job pays pretty well or none of us would do it. The real test is not how long each of us can stand our post at the fire, but which of us will get back on the rigs tonight if the tone goes off again.

What do cops and firemen have in common? They both want to be firemem.
Gangster Fighters

Bloomington, IL

#6 Dec 29, 2008
I'll tell you what , being from Mississippi and drinking swamp water everyday, thats a big ass fire. If i were you fire fighters i would try using liquid foam instead of water, just sayin.
And another thing, i live in Lafayette during school season and im a fire putter outer professional and they didnt call me out tho this fight, must not of been real important to pros like myself, im from Chicago by the way./ I got skyscrappers to put out with billionaries inside, sometimes i wish they would all burn,.haahhaaheheheh MISSISSIPPI BITCH
Gangster Fighters

Bloomington, IL

#7 Dec 29, 2008
I brought out my fire exstinguisher and i ran out of juice, i think Andersons owes me a new one with red paint on it haahahehaahhehahah
Mississippi Biotch.

Yea, im in the Army now, Ill give yall some love on being gangsta firefighters. This is to the wives., what did you expect, your man is doing his job, be proud and quit crying hes working hard to accomplish his mission, quit posting sob stories about how sad you are on here, hes obligated to his mission,. Its like the mob , you put business above family, his job requirese this obligation so be proud and quit making lafayette area men fire fighters sound like PUSSY ASS MEN!!!! Your the reason they want to go fight these corn cob fights!!! Have you ever been out to Andersons, it rains cob dust in the summer, i cut the grass out there, this is very strict property and only stupid mistakes make these things happen. TRUST ME, i am not putting down firefighters in our area at all, but what do you think your man is obligated to do, he picked his job!!! Ill just call him a Marine of his occupation, and i think everyone else would do the same!!!! USA.(Laf. IND)
firefighter5729

United States

#8 Dec 31, 2008
#1 gangster fighters this is not their job. 99% of these guys fighting this fire are volunteer. They are working the regular job and then going for 8 hours to help fight this fire. No one is giving a sob story we as the wife of a fire fighter know that they take their volunteer work very serious. I think what racy was saying that if there was a little more respect by people that are just sitting on the side of the road gazing and trying to get a quick picture to have some courtesy and stay out of the way these guys could get what they are there to do done and get home. I know that my husband would rather be home with me and our children instead of standing out in the cold for hours or days fighting this fire maybe you did not have a wife and kids or maybe they would hoped you would leave to fight this fire. If you had any sense this was not a stupid mistake like someone lighting it on fire. It is just what happens when you have 17,000 tons of corn cobs heaped in a pile.
LDraper

Wabash, IN

#9 Jan 1, 2009
My cousin Michael Capitanio was the one giving the interview and it was really good. I cant believe something like this happened in Carroll County.
victor

Milford, IN

#10 Jan 1, 2009
Who is going to pay for the use and wear and tear of out of county fire trucks on this fire that is not a danger to anyone or anything . with tax money being in short supply has anybody asked that question . why would any citys leader or a township trustee allow their fire dept. go to this fire and tear up trucks ? what a waste of tax money especially in todays economy
firefighter 14

Monticello, IN

#11 Jan 2, 2009
ok gansta you can just shut up,, because you must not know a whole heck of a lot,, i have spent so many hours out there over the past week,, but yet you couldnt handle it
Buckaroo

Chicago, IL

#12 Jan 2, 2009
Just keep yourselves safe out there. It's just corn cobs. Thanks for being that volunteer who responds to calls. Thank you very much.
Walking Zombie

Peoria, IL

#13 Jan 2, 2009
Gangsta is way out of line. Don't give him the satisfaction of acknowledging him.

When I get off work (my paying job) I will be back at the scene from 6pm to 6am tonight. I stopped counting how many hours I have dedicated to this when the total passed 60.

Also...the idea of foam was brought up within the first hour of this operation. I was told that it was decided against because the cobs still had value as long as no foreign material contaminated them, also there is a million dollars worth of corn next to this that would become contaminated. So, only water is being used. I don't know about Gangsta's department, but our departments try to save property, that's kind of the reason they called us. Trust me, 100 or more volunteers, 7 days, 14 - 16 hour shifts, there aren't many ideas that haven't been thought of.
firefighter 14 wrote:
ok gansta you can just shut up,, because you must not know a whole heck of a lot,, i have spent so many hours out there over the past week,, but yet you couldnt handle it

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