Fire

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Frankfort officials have decided not to pursue a contract with a new recycling plant after their previous partner’s facility burned down earlier this week. Trash crews will still resume curbside pickup of recyclable materials next week.

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Frankfort officials have suspended the city’s curbside recycling pickup this week after a Monday fire at a recycling plant, but officials say residents can still drop off materials at the city street department.

Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe says the city began partnering with Werner and Son for its recycling a few years ago, when the amount of materials to be processed became too much for its own facilities.

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A fire at a Frankfort recycling plant continued to burn Monday afternoon as firefighters fought back the blaze.

Teams were dispatched to Werner and Son Recycling around 4:30 Monday morning after a passerby reported what they thought was a dumpster fire. Officials don’t know what caused the blaze, which tore down much of the east side of the building and left only the façade on the west.

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It'll likely be at least mid-August before the cause of the fire which razed five homes in West Lafayette's Lindberg Village neighborhood is released.

Wabash Township Fire Chief Ed Ward, reached by phone Monday morning, says as many as a dozen investigators are now slated to gather on August 12 -- a full month after the fire started -- to survey the scene.

Some of those will be state and local officials, but others will represent insurance agencies for the homeowners and for businesses, such as Vectren, which supplies natural gas to the neighborhood.

Though no cause has been released, fire officials studying the blaze which leveled five homes and damaged at least three others Friday in West Lafayette say they hope it sends a message to policy-makers.

Wabash Township Fire Chief Ed Ward, whose department is leading the investigation, says the fire on Tesla Drive underscores possible unintended consequences of the area’s recent growth spurt.

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Five different fire departments responded to a multi-home fire in West Lafayette's Lindberg Village neighborhood Friday afternoon, which West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath says began around 3 p.m.


City of Frankfort

One of the main reasons Frankfort city councilman Lewis Wheeler is running against incumbent Chris McBarnes in this year’s Republican mayoral primary is a difference of opinion in how the city spends its money on the way toward possible economic development.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we quiz Mayor McBarnes about why he’s hired a new Community Development Director, and how her job might be different than what the Chamber of Commerce has already been doing.

Investigators still don’t know the cause of a fire that engulfed two buildings, and threatened a third, on Frankfort’s courthouse square Tuesday morning.

“I don’t think they come any more serious than this,” says Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels took time Thursday to honor two men who helped evacuate residents from an off-campus apartment that was totaled by fire earlier this month.

Daniels gave the school’s “One Brick Higher” award to sophomore ROTC cadet Greg Cohen and to 28-year employee Kevin Thedans.

Both helped rescue people from the blaze, which took the life of 22-year-old Cody Day.

Daniels says he talked with both men in the days leading up to the ceremony, and neither sought praise.

Brother N Others fire investigation

Feb 10, 2012

A fire that destroyed a bar on the north side of Lafayette does not seem to be intentionally set.

Although, officials say it’s still early in the investigation of the blaze at Brothers N Others on Sagamore Parkway North.

The fire department responded to the call around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported.

A fire destroyed a nearby bar in September, 2010, as well. However, officials believe the fire at Cox’s Pub was intentionally set.

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