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German Township Vol. Firefighters Recount Battling Glisson's Salvage Fire

Firefighters with the German Township Volunteer Fire Department, who battled the flames a Glisson's Salvage for several hours Wednesday, recount their tough night.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 11:17 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 8:46 AM

Firefighters from agencies all over southwest Indiana battled fierce flames at Glisson's Salvage Wednesday night for seven hours.

The last trucks did not leave until after 10 p.m.

Those first responders on the ground say it was worth all of the heat, hard work and sweat to get the fire under control and safely contain the area.

"We are pretty confident this is the largest fire we've had in the last 20 years in German Township," said Tamara Carr, assistant fire chief with the German Township Volunteer Fire Department.

They were the first ones in the trenches and it was difficult from the start. They lacked enough man power to fully address the birage of black smoke and hot flames.

Sam Hagerty was already the German Township Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year when he continued to earn that title Wednesday night, fighting the fire for four hours.

"Honestly it's a little scary," he said. "You don't run into fire's like that quite that often. You're dealing with heat, flames, smoke."

Throughout the night, they became joined by other agencies, from Mucthanville to Elberfeld.

"The Evansville Fire Department showed up," Hagerty said. "Their assistance was huge for us. Eventually we called the airport to call out one of their trucks. They hold a lot more foam compared to we do."

The flames were mostly out after 5 p.m. But once they reignited after 6 p.m., it took crews another four hours to extinguish them.

"A huge rush of arenalin can keep you going through these long incidents," Carr said. "As well as their dedication to serve."

Carr says she is beyond proud of her team and the courage they showed Wednesday night.

"When 911 calls and the public needs us, they show up. They show up prepared. They show up trained," Carr said ."And they're ready to go. I'm always proud of my team. Especially yesterday. Everyone came home safely. We had no civilian injuries, no firefighter injuries. And just very proud of the work they put in and the other departments who supported us yesterday."

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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