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CHEIF: Busy week for city police

July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh updated the Board of Works and Public Safety concerning recent events in town.

Calling it a busy week, the chief informed the board about the latest details concerning a chemical fire and high-speed police chase.

Longenbaugh said he received an e-mail from Cathy Broxon-Ball, head of the county’s emergency management. The two will schedule a debriefing to review the chemical fire at C&R Plating in Columbia City.

A chemical fire at the factory caused parts of the southwest side of the city to be evacuated, or homes to keep their windows closed, due to dangerous chemical fumes. Besides city police and firefighters, state and county law enforcement, county fire departments and the Fort Wayne Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) assisted with the blaze.

“Thanks to all of our guys who worked that fire,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel. “It was a big deal. We tried to keep people informed, but that’s hard to do in the heat of the moment. (Everyone) did a wonderful job getting everything resolved.”

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