January 8, 2009

Firefighters, equipment covered with ink

Firefighters in Woodlawn, Ohio, said a large ink mixing machine that was caught in a fire splattered firefighters and equipment with red ink.

Woodlawn Fire Deputy Chief Dan Ficke said the ink mixer began spraying while firefighters were battling a small fire at Flint Inks just prior to 2 a.m. Thursday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

We lost fire gear and equipment, plus hoses and our thermal imaging helmet, Ficke said. He said the ink damage, which he estimated will cost about $55,000 to repair, almost looks like we massacred somebody.

He said fire departments from Lockland and Sharonville also each lost about $6,000 in equipment while helping to fight the fire.