Water Pressure Was An Issue In Battling The Warehouse Blaze (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- More than 24 hours later, Fort Wayne firefighters are still on the scene of what had been a massive warehouse fire.

Fire crews are still there spraying water on the hot spots, making sure nothing flares up again.

Our assignment editor, David Wheaton, lives blocks from the scene and captured the moment that one of the massive walls of a brick building collapsed from the heat and flames.

At one point or another, every Fort Wayne firefighter on duty yesterday was here at the scene plus some county and volunteer departments, as well.

Those explosions we heard yesterday were from dozens of cars stored in the warehouses and being worked on at repair shops that also went up in flames.

At the height of the inferno, 80 firefighters battled the flames, using up to 3,000 gallons of water a minute for hours on end. Water pressure did drop at one point, since too many fire hydrants were feeding from the same water main. Hooking to another hydrant solved that issue.

“He actually physically went over there to that location and walked the guys to it. And they were able to tap that hydrant and it kind of replenished our water supply and elevated our firefighting ability at that point,” Deputy Chief Mark Nelson said.

Some county and volunteer fire departments can just take water from the Maumee river right there by “drafting” but the Fort Wayne fire trucks are designed to operate in the city, and so they're only able to hook their hoses to fire hydrants.

Four firefighters were slightly hurt, with twisted ankles and knees from stumbling over debris in the dark, but they're all just fine.




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