Downtown Fire Under Investigation; Fire Chief Speaks

first_imgUpdate (9:10 a.m.)A quick response by firefighters limited damage to just the playground area, Batesville Fire Chief Todd Schutte says.The fire department was on the scene within one minute of the call that came in at 4:11 p.m.Schutte told us there is an explanation for the heavy black smoke that loomed over downtown.“[Rubber tires] and the playground equipment is all plastic and rubber coated, that’s why you saw all that black smoke. The vinyl fence is all plastic. Basically solid gas is what it is,” Fire Chief Schutte said.Batesville firefighters were spraying the fire with water within three minutes of the call and the blaze was extinguished thirty seconds later, the fire chief added.Morris Volunteer Fire Department and Oldenburg Eagle Fire assisted with emergency efforts. The state fire marshal also responded to the scene Sunday night.There were no injuries and the fire remains under investigation.Update (Monday @ 7:05 a.m.)A fire at the Safe Passage building in Batesville remains under investigation this morning.No one was hurt in the blaze that devastated the playground area behind the building Sunday afternoon.Batesville Fire was dispatched around 4:10 p.m. and Morris Volunteer Fire Department provided additional support.After learning of the fire, some community members were generous enough to donate money to the non-profit organization so the residents could have dinner Sunday.St. Johns United Church of Christ Pastor Dave Johnston also stopped in to offer a lending hand to the non-profit organization.WRBI has been tracking this story and will release any new details when we receive them.First Report (Sunday @ 5:00 p.m.)BATESVILLE – Firefighters are on the scene of a blaze in downtown Batesville Sunday afternoon.We’re told emergency personnel were evacuating residents from Safe Passage while smoke was rolling from the playground area.This story is still developing and no word if there are any injuries.Stay tuned to WRBI and for continuing coverage as we expect more details to come.last_img read more

Schoenfeld continues special events awards, IMCA Modified national decal program role

first_imgThe special events portion of the Schoenfeld program includes each of the 17 dates in the Deery Brothers Summer Series and all certificates will be mailed within a week after official race re­sults are received at the IMCA home office.  VAN BUREN, Ark. – Schoenfeld Headers continues a broad slate of awards for IMCA drivers in 2019, its 21st season as a sponsor for the sanctioning body.  Drivers at 80 designated specials for the Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod spe­cials vie for $50 product certificates. Manufacturer of the Official Mufflers of IMCA, Schoenfeld returns to the national decal program for Modifieds. Drivers in that division are required to display two Schoenfeld decals on their race car to be eligible for shares of national and regional point funds. When required to run a noise reduction system of 98 decibels or more, Modified, Late Model, Stock Car and SportMod drivers must compete with one of the three official Schoenfeld muf­flers. “Schoenfeld is another in a growing list of companies heading into a second generation of sponsorship with IMCA,” noted Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for the sanctioning body. “We are proud of that distinction and I know they are as well.” The Van Buren, Ark., company also manufactures headers and related exhaust components. Infor­mation about the complete Schoenfeld product line is available at the website, by calling 479 474-7529 and on Facebook.last_img read more

Tipperary ready for action!

first_imgTipperary Senior Hurling Manager Eamon O’Shea says his charges are ‘raring to go’ ahead of the All Ireland replay tomorrow.The panel held their final training session ahead of the clash with the cats at Semple Stadium last night in front of thousands of fans.Manager O’Shea has kept the faith with the same starting 15 from the drawn final to line out tomorrow evening at GAA Headquarters. Padraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Shane McGrath, Noel McGrath and team captain Brendan Maher will start their 5th All-Ireland Senior Final.Kilkenny have made three changes in personnel for tomorrow’s game – Padraig Walsh replaces Joey Holden at wing back while Kieran Joyce is in for Brian Hogan at centre back.Former Kilkenny defender Noel Hickey says that the changes in the back line will mean tighter marking on the Tipp forwards.You can hear the All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay between Tipperary and Kilkenny this Saturday LIVE on Tipp FM.Throw-in at Croke Park is at 5 o’ clock – our big-match build-up gets underway from 4:30, in association with Lyoness Loyalty Card, Clonmel.last_img read more