South Bend City Busses Help Keep Firefighters Warm During 7-11 Blaze

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

On a morning where temperatures dipped to a record low, more than 30 south bend fire fighters battled a blaze at a seven eleven store near the corner of McKinely and Eddy.

When a gas station is involved, crews come out in full force and take every precaution.

The gas mains were shut off as crews scrambled to get to nearby fire hydrants where they soon ran into another problem. “Out of the three hydrants we have out here, two of them were frozen so we were having a difficult time getting some water out here,” says Chief Fredrico Rodriguez.

Fortunately the water from the one functioning hydrant and the thousands of gallons stored in the 12 fire trucks were enough to douse the flames though the building is a complete loss.

In addition to battling the fire, firefighters also have to go against the elements.

The temperature is 8 degrees below zero with a windchill of 35 below.
City buses have been brought in to keep the firefighters warm during the blaze. Driver Mike Pancoast explains, “When there's a need in this cold weather and these guys are going to be out here for a while, they'll give us a call and we'll send one out.”

The city buses definitely received a warm reception from fire fighters on a morning where the cold made the job twice as hard.

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