Garvin Warehouse Fire Stretched Water Supply
EFD: Demand from firetrucks was too much for the water system
The Evansville Fire Department has shed more light on the massive fire at the Garvin State Warehouse. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:
EFD Division Chief Mike Larson fielded questions at the fire scene, after the ATF ruled the fire was accidental and electrical in nature.
Larson said the New Year’s Eve blaze started in an office area and spread quickly.
I asked him about water flow issues at the scene:
"When you have upwards of eight to ten firetrucks that have the capability of flowing between 1500 and 2000 gallons of water per minute, that is a great demand on the water system in a very small area."
The EFD eventually called in tanker trucks from surrounding counties, a step that wasn’t taken during the Morton Avenue Warehouse blaze in October.
Larson noted that warehouse was near the Lloyd:
"On the Lloyd Expressway, there's quite a bit larger water main that flows through there than the little bit that we have in this residential area here."
Larson says he’s proud of EFD crews that dealt with a deadly house explosion and two warehouse fires in a span of just five months:
"With the three major events that we had here in Evansville in the last half of the year, I would hope that the citizens of Evansville would feel very comfortable when they go to bed at night knowing who they have that's goings to be responding in the case of their emergency."