After third fire in four months, Eau Claire firefighter speaks to concerns of historic Banbury Place

  • Source: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire
  • Published: 03/20/2023 11:00 PM

Banbury place saw yet another fire Sunday night. With all the industrial equipment and chemicals in its buildings, fire officials are answering questions on if these fires are of concern to the historic site or the community. In December, a dumpster connected to the building caught fire. In February, firefighters put out a fire in a rubber mixer, and Sunday night a fire started in a chimney stack — all at rubber supplier American Phoenix. Eau Claire Fire Department battalion chief Jaime Burkhardt said when you have chemicals and industrial equipment close together, accidents are bound to happen. But the businesses at Banbury are strictly regulated, and crews are more than prepared when things do go wrong.


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