Northern Indiana Fire Stirs Safety Issue
October 30, 2013 — A fire at an northern Indiana animal bedding plant has rekindled a debate about safety at wood grinding operations.
The Elkhart County fire destroyed the main structure at Martin Animal Bedding and has caused some residents to push for locating such businesses in rural areas where there’s less potential for harm to others.
Goshen resident Wayne Stutsman says he led efforts against VIM Recycling following a 2007 dust explosion there that killed one man and injured another. He says fires at wood grinding operations are inevitable and wants to see such businesses located away from neighbors.
Investigators are looking at spontaneous combustion within the wood pile as a possible cause of the Martin Animal Bedding fire.