Flames Smoke Confirmed At Yutaka Building Being Evacuated

by | Nov 29, 2017 | Fires, Public Safety

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Flames Smoke Confirmed At Yutaka Building Being Evacuated

Firefighting personnel from Cullman Fire Rescue arrived at the Yutaka facility along the 460 block of Alabama Highway 157 just before 2 pm this afternoon.

There were confirmed reports of some fire and smoke visible at the structure.

Engine 18, Engine 17, Ladder 1, Chief 29 and Chief 57 responded to the 911 call.

image by Cullman Fire Rescue

Engine 17 was the first group of personnel to arrive at the location. These firefighters found two dust product collection bins on fire with exposure issues.

The core fire was extinguished quickly. However, there were numerous hot spots that required significant effort to finally resolve. Smoke removal was a big part of the Cullman Fire Rescue operation.

image by Cullman Fire Rescue

There were no injuries to building occupants or emergency personnel. Two members of Cullman Fire Rescue were evaluated at the scene by Cullman EMS.

Cullman County EMA, Cullman Police Department, Cullman EMS, Cullman Power Board, Cullman Jefferson Gas, and Alabama Department of Environmental Management as well as Yutaka Safety Personnel participated in the multiple agency response to the fire.

According to Cullman Fire Rescue Division Chief Brian Bradberry, all units had cleared the scene just before 5 pm:

“Our guys did a great job of containing the fire to the dust collection bin. Every agency who responded was a tremendous help!”

The building was evacuated as a necessary precaution. They were dozens of employees outside the building in white Yutaka uniforms waiting for an ‘all clear’ signal. The peak of the incident occurred during shift change making logistics a bit of a challenge.


Flames Smoke Confirmed At Yutaka Building Being Evacuated

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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