Cause Of Momper Insulation Fire May Never Be Known

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer
By Maureen Mespell

October 31, 2011 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 11:34 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne City firefighters will be rotating in and out of the scene of the Momper Insulation warehouse fire for a few days.

Crews are letting the blaze burn out on its own, because throwing additional water on the flames would increase run-off into the nearby Junk Ditch, allowing potentially hazardous chemicals to move into the Saint Mary’s and Maumee Rivers.

Investigators will have to wait to gain access into the center of the warehouse to see if they can find the suspected point of origin of the fire, but due to the severity of the fire and resulting damage, the cause may never be known.

Heavy equipment is being used to tear down the building, and remove insulation stored inside.

Fire officials still haven't released the name of the firefighter who was treated and released from a hospital for hand and nose injuries suffered when a wall collapsed on Sunday.

One other firefighter was treated at the scene, while two others jumped inside the building to escape debris that crashed down as the flames intensified.

Below is the full version of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Allen County Department of Homeland Security and Indiana Department of Environmental Management news conference from Monday evening.




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