Thursday, January 29, 2009
Passerby alerts firemen
By BARRY BURLESON
A “good Samaritan” alerted a family of a house fire in the early morning January 17 and work by Holly Springs firemen limited damage to the roof area.
“A passerby saw a large amount of smoke coming out of the attic,” said fire chief Kenny Holbrook. “They (the family) was still in there asleep and didn’t know about it. Thanks goes to a ‘good Samaritan’ who stopped and got them out of the house.”
The call came in at 5:20 a.m. to 523 Martin Luther King Drive.
“When the first truck got there, flames were out the roof,” he said. “We were able to sustain it to the attic area and save all the belongings. There was extensive damage to the roof.”
Holbrook said the firefighting effort was labor intensive with 24 firemen on the scene for about two hours.
“And we used every one of them,” he said.
The Red Banks Volunteer Fire Department was also called as a standby with equipment.
Holbrook praised his firemen for making “a really good fire stop” and “keeping it confined to the attic space.”
In other news, a fireman was slightly injured while battling a blaze last Thursday morning on Tribble Road near the West Holly Springs Exit.
A vacant house next door to an occupied doublewide mobile home caught fire.
“The house was totally involved when we got on the scene, and it was endangering the mobile home,” Holbrook said.
He said the radiant heat was so intense, approximately 1,200 degrees, that it burned the side of a fireman’s face.
“It burned my turnout gear,” Holbrook said.
He said the vacant house was totally destroyed, while the end of the mobile home was heavily damaged.
“We were able to save the belongings,” Holbrook said.
In other news, the Holly Springs Fire Department responded to a three-vehicle accident Monday, Jan. 19, at 11:05 p.m. on Highway 78 near mile marker 17 in the Victoria-Red Banks area.
He said there were six injuries, with three children transported by helicopter to LeBonheur and three adults transported by ground to The Med.
Holbrook said the driver of a pickup truck apparently swerved to miss a deer and the pickup rolled. That started a chain reaction, he said, involving two other vehicles in the same lane – an SUV and an 18-wheeler. All three vehicles were westbound.
He said the Chevrolet Suburban crossed the median and ended up in the woods on the opposite side of 78.
“Luckily no one in the eastbound lane was involved (in the accident),” Holbrook said.
The only one involved in the wreck who was not transported to a medical facility was the driver of the 18-wheeler. Five of the seven, including the children, were traveling in the SUV, and the other was the driver of the pickup truck.
For the week, January 15-22, Holly Springs firefighters had 21 responses – car fire, 1; medical assistance, 10; gas leaks/assisting Holly Springs Utility Department, 3; grass fires, 2; structure fires, 4; and auto accident, 1.
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