Several scoreboards reported bright firelight in Lerchenfeld at the same time on the evening of 9th November shortly before 7 pm. Place of the fire was the company Polysan. On the part of the district alarm center Krems, the second highest alarm level (B3) was triggered because of the fire in the business enterprise. In addition to the fire department were also Red Cross and police in action.
After a first refueling vehicle also the aerial ladder and subsequently a total of 16 vehicles of the Hauptwache and the fire stations Rehberg and Gneixendorf moved out. Because it was determined that the adjacent to the fire in the Freigeklande hall was endangered by the flames, was massively applied water from outside the area. In parallel, the FF-aides put a fire-extinguishing line directly into the terrain.
The aerial ladder, which was put in position for a water cannon use from the air, no longer needed to be used. However, it did a good job of lighting the job site. Since the burned goods were several pallets of plastic pipes, which were strongly fused due to the enormous heat, the post-fire work was difficult.
With the use of several thermal imaging cameras hidden glutnester could be detected quickly. The respiratory protection teams used deliberately extinguished all of the found glowing nests. After about 2.5 hours, all the forces involved could reenter the fire stations. The extent of the damage could not be estimated for the time being.
The company Polysan, which deals with piping systems and accessories or installation accessories, exists since 1984 and moved in 1997 to the old site in the Lechenfelderstrabe. Since 2010, they are also represented in Vienna. In 2017, the site in Krems was expanded by the construction of the new warehouse. Interesting: as early as 2004, the Kremser headquarters – at that time due to a non-culpable gas explosion – badly affected.
The cause of the damage is initially unclear. The fire investigators of the police will also have to take into account, among other things, that customers have access to the premises at any time due to a 24-hour pick-up service using a key code access to the site.