Tip Line: 574-344-5557 | news57@abc57.com

Investigating fatal fire includes search for chemicals

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. -- Days after the death of firefighter Jamie Middlebrook, we wanted to see if there was anything that could have been done to prevent the tragedy.

Video of the fire Tuesday night shows the dangers emergency responders face on a daily basis.

The fire started at K-Fex Excavating and Trucking Tuesday around 8 p.m.

We tried to find out if there were any hazardous materials on-site Tuesday night.

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act, any facility using a hazardous chemical must maintain a material safety data sheet - a list of all the chemicals used and how much.

It is required to be updated every year and sent off to federal, state and local authorities.

The list helps plan in the case of an emergency.

We contacted K-Fex again, but they did not answer.

We also contacted the New Carlisle Fire Department to see when they last inspected the business, but they said they were too busy grieving to help right now.

We field a Freedom of Information Act request with local and state authorities to get that list.

The Department of Homeland Security says there is no list of hazardous materials for K-Fex.

Share this article: