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Alarms keep firefighters busy

by The Indiana Gazette on July 14, 2013 2:50 AM

Indiana volunteer firefighters responded twice Saturday evening when automatic fire alarms sounded at the Penn State Towers Apartments, 20 S. Sixth St., fire officials said.

The alarm was triggered first by burnt food at 6:47 p.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Schuller.

Members of the department’s Companies 1 and 2 responded to evacuate the apartments and ventilate smoke from the structure.

The alarm sounded again at 9:12 p.m., possibly because it had not been properly reset, Schuller said. Companies 3 and 4 responded and volunteers again cleared the apartments and verified there was no additional problem in the building. No one was reported to be hurt during either alarm and evacuation.

Compounding the department’s active day, the volunteers were summoned at 8:31 p.m. to a report of an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in the vicinity of North Ben Franklin Road. Schuller said paramedics who first reached the scene canceled the call for the department.

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