Early Monday morning, just before 5 A.M. the homeowner of 4814 Elaine Dr heard the smoke detector sounding in his home. He awoke to find a fire in his bathroom. He immediately closed the door in the bathroom and got everyone in the home out safely. Six minutes after the first dispatch Lafayette Quad 11 arrived on the scene. They found a small fire in the bathroom and were able to extinguish it with a water can (a fire extinguisher filled with a water and firefighting foam solution). If not for the quick action by the homeowner to close the door to the bathroom the fire could have easily spread through out the house. We have pictures of the damage and the door outside the bathroom. You will notice that there was hardly any smoke or fire damage outside of the bathroom. That is because with the door closed it limited the oxygen to the fire and kept the heat and smoke contained to that room.
The NWS Office in Louisville, Ky released a weather briefing for the high potential of severe weather this afternoon. They have said there is a high probability of severe weather but it will not be wide spread. Be weather ready and have your weather alert radio on and in alert mode. Monitor local media outlets instead of social media.
The National Weather Service Office in Louisville, Ky release information the severe weather threat for this afternoon and evening. You can see it below.
Your weather alert radios should be ready to go this afternoon and you should monitor local media outlets for updated information.Do not rely on social media to get your timely weather alerts. There can be a significant delay. Also do not think you will hear tornado sirens indoors. Those are only designed for you to hear if your outdoors. Trust in a weather alert radio or local media coverage for up to the minute information.
Thursday March 16th at 9:45 AM, in the 7500 block of St. John’s Rd, Lafayette Twp Fire Protection District was dispatched to assist Sellersburg Fire Department on logging equipment that had caught fire in the woods. Quad 11, Brush 15, and Brush 16 responded to aid Sellersburg Fire Department and arrived on scene with them. Due to the equipment being off road, only the Brush units were able to reach the fire. Brush 16, Brush 15 and Sellersburg’s brush units were able to extinguish fire. The drivers compartment had major damage extending to the engine. The cause is under investigation by Sellersburg Fire Department and no one was injured in the fire.
The National Weather Service in Louisville, Ky Issued a Special Weather Statement Tuesday…
"...Fire danger will increase on Wednesday afternoon due to gusty west winds and very low relative humidities. West winds at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph, and relative humidities near 25 percent, will cause drying of dead and grassy fuels on Wednesday afternoon. Fires may become difficult to control. Anyone burning outdoors should exercise extreme caution, or postpone burning until conditions improve...." With this statement the Lafayette Twp Fire Protection District is asking it's customers and residents of Floyd County not to burn yard waste on Wednesday. This may continue through Thursday if conditions persist.If you decide to ignore this request and your fire gets out of control, you must call 911 immediately. Any time wasted will cause an Immediate danger to you and others near you.
The National Weather Service in Louisville, Ky issued a weather briefing for Tuesday night and into Wednesday afternoon. You can read the briefing below. Make sure your weather radios are on and in alert mode. Monitor local media outlets and the NWS in Louisville for the latest information. Do not rely on social media outlets during the threat. That information can be delayed.
On Friday, just before 2 P.M., LTFPD responded to a two vehicle crash clean up on US 150 an St. Anthony Dr. (Mt. St. Francis entrance). A New Albany Police department cruiser and a Ford SUV had collided in the intersection. There were no injuries to either driver. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Saturday afternoon around 4 PM, Lafayette Twp Fire Protection District responded to a report of a vehicle crash in the 6500 block of Moser Knob Rd. Rescue 1 arrived on scene with a vehicle that had crashed through a utility pole snapping it in two and uprooting the base from the ground. The vehicle traveled a few hundred more feet before hitting a curb on a driveway and coming to a stop. The victim of the crash was transported to the hospital by Air Methods Air Ambulance. The crash did cut power to the surrounding area for a few hours until utility crews could fix the pole.
LTFPD Rescue One will featured in an ad for the December issue of Fire Apparatus Magazine. The magazine reaches readers world wide. Rescue One was designed by our firefighters and officers with our district in mind. It sits on a Spartan Metro Star Chassis with the body built by Hackney Emergency Vehicles. Hackney is said to be “America’s Rescue Leader” according to FAMA statistics. We are proud partners with Hackney for many years now as our previous Rescue One was also built by them. T
The picture featured in the ad was taken by our department photographer Wes Perryman.
The National Weather Service Office in Louisville, Ky released a updated weather assessment regarding the current drought surrounding our area. This includes when the highest potential for rapid wild fire growth this week.
Floyd County continues to be under a burn BAN until further notice. All outdoor burning, including camp fires and fire pits are restricted. This does not include gas or charcoal grills.