Group needs donations for firefighters after warehouse fire

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It has been one week since that a massive plant fire along Belmont Avenue. Investigators say they know the exact spot where it started, but aren't sure how.

The estimated cost for this fire is $10-million dollars. However, that cost likely doesn't factor in the volunteer time and resources needed to fight this large fire.

At the height of the three-alarm fire, more than 200 firefighters responded, which requires a large support system for their safety and rehabilitation.  One of the groups responsible for that, the Indianapolis Fire Buffs, is made up of volunteers.

Jim Williamson is the President of Indianapolis Fire Buffs. The volunteer group is contracted by the City to help respond to large emergencies.

Last year alone, these volunteers, many of them retired firefighters, helped out with more than 200 emergency runs.

"They know we are coming and they appreciate what we are doing for them and we get a good feeling too," said Williamson.

The Indy Fire Buffs were there to help at last week's warehouse fire on Belmont Avenue.

They passed out hundreds of bottles of water and Gatorade to the emergency response crews working in the heat: "Weather like this, they walk out and see you and say Oh, thank God."

With money from the Salvation Army, the group is starting to replenish their supplies.

However, the supplies are not enough, which is why Indy Fire Buffs hope private donations in the next week will fully re-stock the shelves.

"Firefighting to me, nothing else is like it. It's a job, it gets in your blood. You just want to do it, this is a way to help those guys out," said Williamson.

The Indianapolis Fire Buffs lease an old city fire station off Sherman Avenue.

The volunteer group would appreciate donations at the location.