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Eight departments fight Beaver blaze

BEAVER — Eight fire departments responded to a Wednesday morning blaze at Bolt Construction Co. at 10422 South Ave., during which 50,000 gallons of water were used.

The call came in just before 10 a.m. from a passerby who saw the flames. According to the Bolt Construction web site, the facility works with the petroleum and natural gas industries.

Because of the size of the structure, ladder trucks were needed to spray water from overhead. Beaver Fire sent its ladder and the Western Reserve Joint Fire District (Poland) responded with one.

“There were seven other departments that came to help,” said Beaver Fire Capt. Cindy Sauerwein.

She said assistance was provided by the WRJFD, the Cardinal Joint Fire District (Canfield), Springfield, New Waterford, Columbiana, Green Township and Mahoning County Haz-Mat.

Sauerwein said it took about three hours and 50,000 gallons of water to get the flames extinguished at the 6,000-square foot building.

“The state fire marshal was called, but it was decided that he was not going to come out at this time,” she said.

Sauerwein said one of the biggest challenges in fighting the blaze was getting enough water. Even though a hydrant sits in front of the business, there was not enough water for the size of the fire, so the other departments helped shuttle water to the scene.

“We do try to train with other departments so in a case like this we know what others can do,” she said. “It takes a lot of work to do a water shuttle for a fire.”

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