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Water line break spurs minor fire at Delphi

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

Two Limestone County volunteer fire departments responded to an incident Saturday night in a vacant building at Delphi, where they found mostly smoke and little fire damage.

Tanner Fire Chief Danny Gatlin said when firefighters from his department and Segers volunteers arrived at about 7:50 at Plant 22, there were no visible flames.

“They had a water line in the ceiling to burst, and it fell on top of a buss, or electrical panel,” Gatlin said from the scene. “A Delphi maintenance crew shut off power, and three firefighters and myself, along with some maintenance guys, inspected the rest of the building.”

Gatlin said after Delphi workers shut off power, “We had to locate the water line shutoff valve and wait for the waterline to drain so the maintenance crew could repair the pipe.”

Gatlin said that between the departments, there were about 15 personnel on the scene with two pumper trucks. He said there were no injuries.

Decatur firefighter and paramedic Steve Little said Engine 1 from the Gordon Drive Southeast station and Ladder 2 and Hazmat 2 from the Wilson Street Northwest station responded but were canceled en route.

The state purchased Plant 22 in September 2002, along with 121 acres of land, for $15 million in benefits.

In addition to being Tanner’s chief, Gatlin works as a shipping clerk in Plant 23 and also is a member of Delphi’s fire brigade.

Firefighters cleared the scene at about 9:30 p.m.

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