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    FIRE Posted by Fork Lift King

    The president of Inland Marina Inc. in Evansville and an off-duty Evansville firefighter were arrested Saturday after police said they interfered during a fire at the marina that caused more than $2 million in damage.

    Katherine Riecken-Parker, 33, and Edward David Parker, 47, attempted to run through a group of firefighters near a pedestrian bridge leading to the marina at 1731 Waterworks Road around 1:20 a.m., according to an Evansville Police Department arrest affidavit. Fire crews had the majority of their equipment and water lines on the bridge to fight a fire that started in a large house boat. The fire destroyed four boats and damaged another.

    Ron Riecken was detained by Evansville police at the scene of the fire, according to Jason Cullum, Evansville Police Department spokesman. Cullum said Riecken was emotional and obstructing working firemen.

    Riecken calmed down and was not arrested. He said he no longer has ownership interest in Inland Marina and that the property is owned by Inland Marina Inc.

    According to records from the Indiana Secretary of State, Riecken-Parker is the president of Inland Marina Inc. She is Ron Riecken’s daughter and is married to Edward Parker, a firefighter.

    Ron Riecken’s wife is Gail Riecken, a Democratic State Representative and candidate for Evansville mayor in 2015.

    Gail Riecken said that she was not present during the fire.

    “I was at the Harbor View, I couldn’t get down there,” Riecken said Saturday afternoon.

    Harbor View is a subdivision north of the marina. Riecken attempted to go to the marina but was turned away at the subdivision by police who were blocking off Waterworks Road, Cullum said.

    Workers with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management were at the marina Saturday containing thousands of gallons of fuel that spilled, according to Evansville Fire Investigator Tim Strange.

    Crews shut off the marina’s inlet to keep fuel from flowing into the Ohio River. Strange said none of the fuel has leaked into the river.

    The first dispatch call came around midnight, after the fire originated in a boat owned by Bill Marver, according to the fire department. Three people were on the boat at the early morning hour and investigators were told they were preparing the boat for sale.

    “They smelled some smoke, and had a breaker trip,” said Richard Howard, a fire investigator. “They reset the breaker, and then the way it was explained to me, a woman knocked over a kerosene heater that was in the bottom of the boat.”

    A female who was on the boat was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

    The fire spread quickly, engulfing nearby boats. Howard said firefighters were challenged to get enough water to the scene.

    “We have one hydrant in the parking lot of the marina, and then we have to rely on grafting water from the (Ohio) river, which takes some time to get started,” Howard said.

    Parker and Riecken-Parker were seen scuffling with firefighters by an officer posted in the east side of Marina Point. A request came over from Central Dispatch soon after to have police units respond to the scene. Crews waved to police to help them near the pedestrian bridge, according to the affidavit.

    Police helped five firefighters restrain the two from continuing onto the bridge, according to the affidavit. Both Parker and Riecken-Parker were reportedly pushing and shoving firefighters. One officer noted Parker was belligerent and kicking at several officers, striking one in the face and causing pain, according to the affidavit. Parker was taken into custody after an officer used a TASER on him, according to the affidavit.

    Officers noted in their report that the couple reeked of alcohol and had unsteady balance.

    Riecken-Parker resisted a police officer’s commands to leave the bridge several times, telling him he was not going “to force her off her property,” according to the affidavit. The officer noted once inside the squad car she immediately began to apologize for not following his requests.

    Both suspects on Saturday were lodged in Vanderburgh County jail with no set bond on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and interfering with firefighters. Edward faces an additional charge of battery on a public safety official.

    Howard early Saturday afternoon said the cause is considered accidental. A short time later, Howard said the department is considering the cause “undetermined and under investigation.”

    “We need to verify the explanation of how the fire started, more than anything,” Howard said, adding that he is taking over the investigation because of his experience level. “We just, with the amount of loss we had, we don’t want to jump to conclusions. We want to investigate a little farther.”

    Evansville’s water treatment plant on Saturday morning was alerted to the possibility of fuel in the Ohio River after the fire. The treatment plant on Waterworks Road began applying activated carbon to water entering from the intake valve, several feet beneath the surface.




    Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts said the alert came from the U.S. Coast Guard or the city Fire Department, and he described the treatment plant’s action as “a precautionary measure.”

    Mounts said petroleum usually gathers on the surface of a body of water, and the possibility of contaminating water coming in the intake valve was slight. But he said the activated carbon would remove any harmful substance.

    Mounts did not know how long the treatment plant would continue to apply the activated carbon, calling it a judgment call by the plant’s managers.

    Courier & Press reporters Cole Claybourn and Jessie Higgins contributed to this report.
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    The following was posted on a different site about the fire.

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    Fire dept cut the houseboat loose from the end of the covered pier, which cause it to float over and ignite other boats.
    The manager & her hubby were trying to get to the work boat which has an outboard motor with a jet outdrive rather than a prop.
    I have seen that jet in action, it will throw a huge stream of water over 50'. They use it to clean the parking lot by placing the bow into the dock and directing the jet stream up the hill.
    Would have put the fire out in a minute or two.
    Very frustrating for the owner (since the 70's) and his daughter-son in law who weren't allowed to put the fire out.
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    Officers noted in their report that the couple reeked of alcohol and had unsteady balance?

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    Too bad two drunks couldn't communicate the idea that they may have had another way of putting out the fire.
    Their best form of communication was kicking and punching officers? Yup. The cops and firemen should have listened.
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    While I have the utmost respect for emergency personnel in general, I'm not so quick to throw stones at 'the 2 drunks'. On more than one occasion I've watched emergency responders tell people with sound advice in certain situations to shut the **** up and quit bothering them. Several years ago on our lake a young lady jumped off the back of a boat, and never came up. The search guys came out, all loaded up for bear. Parked in our harbor was a rescue/retrieval boat, complete with side-scan sonar and the owner, and the search guys refused to let him help them search for the girl. They were not about to be upstaged by someone outside of their precious group.
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    bought a 58' Playcraft pontoon houseboat earlier this year and I'm still in the process of figuring things out. I took my first swim underneath the boat a couple of weeks ago and was surprised to find that the holding tank is on the starboard side of the boat in the pontoon. The toilets and the pump out connection are both on the port side of the boat. I can't figure out why they would have designed it like this. The fresh water storage tanks are also on the port side, so I don't think it would be a weight distribution issue. Anyone have any theories about this?

    My fresh water fill connections are on the port side (along with the water tanks). Are there any building code sort of issues with having the sewage pump out and fresh water connections on the same side of the boat?
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    i had a 1995 playcraft 5215. the holding tanks was built in under the boat in the cross members,the fresh water tanks [ 2-100gl tanks] was built in under the beds on each side for weight distribution. mine also had pump out and water fills on each side of the boat and were side by side. I took the caps off and painted the waist tank caps red and the water green. more than once helpers had filled my holding tanks with water! the boat was solid as a tank,the only thing I didn't like was the way the rails were mounted in the roof. it seemed to get a lot of leaks so I put bigger screws in and epoxied them in. the worst one was where the ladder to access the top deck was mounted because your always pulling on it.other than that you'll love the boat. it will take on pretty big waves and they track awesome.
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    Liability Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by Frantically Relaxing View Post
    While I have the utmost respect for emergency personnel in general, I'm not so quick to throw stones at 'the 2 drunks'. On more than one occasion I've watched emergency responders tell people with sound advice in certain situations to shut the **** up and quit bothering them. Several years ago on our lake a young lady jumped off the back of a boat, and never came up. The search guys came out, all loaded up for bear. Parked in our harbor was a rescue/retrieval boat, complete with side-scan sonar and the owner, and the search guys refused to let him help them search for the girl. They were not about to be upstaged by someone outside of their precious group.
    As a Professional Fire Fighter, I think I can address your concern. I understand how you feel; on the surface, it seems ludicrous for the attending First Responders in your example to not make use of any additional resources on scene. The problem is with liability. The Fire Department ( for example ) personnel are all employees, are trained to their department's standards, and operate within their policies and guidelines. They are also fully insured. Bystander personnel are not. I am sure that one time, somewhere, a department was sued because a bystander was injured or killed, trying to assist an emergency service in their operations. It is a very litigious world we live in, and the governing overseers will not accept any potential for litigation from this sort of ( well-intentioned ) assistance on scene.

    As to any rude or untoward behaviour towards the public from emergency personnel on scene - that is totally unacceptable. Anything of that nature should be brought to the attention of the Incident Commander.

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    I understand your point. I do not blame them for not listening to the couple. But I doubt seriously they were trained for a marina fire.

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