Thursday, March 1, 2007
Firemen respond to 28 calls
By SUE WATSON
With daylight savings time to go into effect March 11 at 2 a.m., Kenny Holbrook, chief with the Holly Springs Fire Department, encourages everyone to change the batteries in their home or business smoke detectors.
The alarm of a smoke detector can save several minutes in getting everyone out of a structure that is on fire, he said.
“That may be the best $5 you’ll ever spend in batteries,” he said.
A working smoke detector doubles a person’s chances of surviving a home fire, he said. More than one third of the smoke detectors in homes in the United States have dead or missing batteries.
Holly Springs Fire Department answered 28 calls last week including the following: structure fires (3); false alarms (1); grass fires (4); medical assistant calls (16); electrical switch box (1); vehicle fires (1); and automobile accidents with injuries (2).
Firefighters were called to a structure fire at Lewis Auto at 578 J.M. Ash Drive on January 19 at 2:08 p.m. Underpinning had caught on fire and minimal damage was sustained, Holbrook said.
HSFD assisted the Red Banks Fire Department in extinguishing a house fire at 116 Lee Poole Road. Estimated damage is between $10,000 to $50,000, he said. The fire started in a bedroom. The alarm call came in at 7:02 a.m. on January 20.
Several grass fires were kept in check January 22 with fire departments working together to control them. HSFD assisted the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department in controlling a grass fire at Atway Road on January 22. Holbrook said the call came in at 2:50 p.m. and the fire was brought under control at 6 p.m.
The same day at about 12:04 p.m., a one-acre grass fire was brought under control at Highway 7 North where sparks from welding equipment that was used to cut metal rebar ignited grass.
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