Update on US 24 / Logansport Road Vehicle Fire

Last Updated on March 9, 2023 by Cass County Emergency Management Agency

LOGANSPORT, IN – On today’s date at approximately 7:55 a.m., Cass County agencies were dispatched to the intersection of US24 and Logansport Road for a “trash truck fire” on the Northwest side of the intersection. Upon arrival fire was observed coming from a roll off container which had been dropped on the roadway, with the transporting vehicle remaining nearby.

Upon interview with the driver of the vehicle, it was determined the material on fire was aluminum doss, a bag house product which emits flammable and toxic vapors when water is applied in fire situations. The Cass County Highway Department transported sand to the scene, which a New Waverly firefighter applied with a loader to smother the fire and contain the hazard. Temporary closures of US24 and Logansport Road occurred, as well as a limited evacuation, due to the toxic gases being released before the fire was under control.

As of 1 p.m., some personnel remain on scene working to bring the situation to final resolution. Lane restrictions remain in effect on US24 while final cleanup and remediation is arranged and conducted.

Agencies responding to the scene included Cass County Emergency Management Agency, Cass County Sheriff, Cass County Emergency Medical Services, Indiana State Police, New Waverly Fire Department, Grissom Air Reserve Base Fire Department, Indiana Department of Transportation, Cass County Traffic Control Unit and Miami County Emergency Management Agency. Indiana Department of Environmental Management provided off scene support. All involved thank dispatch for the behind the scenes coordination of the many things that needed to happen quickly to contain this incident without accident or injury. 

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Emergency Management Agency

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