Incident number: 00063
Type of emergency: Structure fire
Incident date: 1/3/2021
Incident time: 5:02 a.m.
Address/location: 275 Cliff St. (Post Foods)
Probable cause, if known: Accidental
Structure type: Large manufacturing, cereal plant
Construction type: Concrete
Estimated property damage: Unknown
Estimated contents damage: Unknown
Location/extent of damage: 55-gallon cleaning drum
Hazardous materials involved?: None
Specialized rescues?: None
Vehicles involved: None
Other information: Car 3, Engine 2, Rescue 3, Rescue 4, Engine 5, Truck 6, Squad 4, and Squad 6 were dispatched to Post's cereal manufacturing plant for a possible structure fire. Rescue 3 was the first unit to arrive, to find smoke coming from the basement of Building 29. Fire crews went interior to investigate. The fire was already extinguished by the sprinkler system, but there was still smoke in the area. The fire was caused by an overheated motor connected to the 55-gallon plastic drum used to siphon product for cleaning purposes. There was no extension of the fire from the origin of cause. No firefighters or civilians were injured.