Community First Responders

McPherson FD Battles Two Blazes at Johns Manville

The City of McPherson Fire Department received two calls for service that were structure fires with sprinkler activations at Johns Manville. The first call for service was Sunday July 8 shortly after 8 a.m.. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke and fire on the south side of the warehouse. Crews quickly deployed large attack lines into the structure and extinguished the fire. Due to large volumes of product involvement, overhaul operations were lengthy and extensive. McPherson Fire Department Investigators, as well as Kansas State Fire Marshalls Office Investigators are conducting an ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire.

The second call for service was Monday July 9 at 7:02 p.m.. The call was, again, a structure fire with sprinkler activation and victims trapped. The first arriving Engine Company reported heavy smoke and fire within the east side of the warehouse near the loading docks. Crews were deployed for victim search and rescue, as well as fire attack. Primary and secondary searches were negative; however, two Johns Manville personnel were treated for smoke inhalation. Again, an aggressive interior attack was established within the warehouse to extinguish the fire. Due to the location of the fire, crews had considerably longer hose deployments. Even with the longer hose deployments, crews brought the fire under control quickly. The amount of material once again involved was considerable and took crews approximately six and half hours to overhaul and salvage the fire areas. Once again, MFD Investigators, as well as KSFM Investigators are conducting an ongoing investigation to the cause of both fires.

No fire service personnel were injured in combating either fire.

We expect Johns Manville to have extensive cleanup operations for several days and damages ranging in the millions of dollars. However, we would direct all questions related to Johns Manville operational status to JM Public Information Officer. We also would like to say thank you to all Johns Manville personnel for closely working with Emergency Services to safely and effectively mitigate these incidents,” said Asst. Chief TJ Wyssmann.

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