(7/6/13) The Jackson County Emergency Dispatch Center (EDC) paged the Black River Falls Fire Department on July 6, 2013 at 02:32 for a structure fire.
The location of the fire was at the Hart Tie & Lumber Company with a street address of 518 Winnebago Ave. in the City of Black River Falls.
Upon arrival the department had a 33'L x 12'W x 40'H cinder block saw dust – wood shaving bin on fire. Saw dust – wood shaving piles outside the bin were also burning.
The department made a defensive attack on the fire with its aerial truck and directing the trucks master steam into the bin through a number of access holes. A second unmanned master stream on a 2.5" hose line was also used to extinguish the material outside the bin that was burning.
The owner reports that maintenance work had been done on an auger on top of the bin during the day on July 5, 2013. A company employee also advised he finished loading a truck with saw dust – shaving from the bin at about 18:00 also on July 5, 2013 and did not see or smell any sign of fire at that time.
The fire was reported by a neighbor to the property who noted it while taking her dog out.
The fire was declared under control at 03:44. During the overhaul phase of the fire a wall section of bin collapsed. No firefighters were injured in the collapse or during the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and a damage estimate is not known at this time. The property is insured.
Records show that the department responded to a fire in this same bin back on September 2, 2006.
The department was on scene with eight (8) Firefighters for 5.75 hours and used 72,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.
The department was assisted by Black River Falls Utilities who cut power on the property. Black River Falls Street Department provided barricades to close a part of Winnebago Ave. as the department had supply hose laid across the street from a fire hydrant.