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MAYOR REACTS: City assesses Friday’s fire

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Though Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said there were no major complaints or problems by citizens after Friday’s chemical fire at C&R Plating, he said the city is assessing possible improvements to the management of emergencies.

“We are trying to make sure next time something happens, God forbid, we are prepared to address the situation more efficiently and more effectively,” Daniel said.

Daniel said city officials from the fire, police and communications departments met to go over Friday’s events.

“We discussed what we could have done better — finding better processes and making sure the line of communication is strong so that we are on the same page as far as information being put out to the public,” Daniel said.

Some news sources were reporting fatalities, explosions and multiple injuries — all unfounded.

“We will be changing some internal processes to make sure information is given timely, consistently and correctly,” Daniel said.

“Information given to the public will be done consistently.

“We talked about communication being a big issue. We needed to do a better job informing the public what was going on.”

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