Thursday, February 12, 2009
Battling big blaze
By SUE WATSON
There was a lot of commotion Friday around 2 p.m. on Highway 7 South, down from the Sports Corral.
A controlled burn of grass and brush behind a mobile home in Lillie Cove was picked up by high winds, which transferred the fire to the little white house on the hill, according to Rodney Crane, assistant fire chief of the Holly Springs Fire Department. From there the fire spread to the hillside near the Sports Corral, he said.
The little white house, which was unoccupied, was the only structure lost in the blaze. It took about 25 firefighters, including a fire truck and crew from Red Banks Volunteer Fire Department, to put out the fire. The fire was under control by about 4 p.m., he said.
Red Banks firemen concentrated their efforts on putting out the grass fire on the hillside.
Crane said fire trucks had to go across the street near Wal-Mart for water because hydrants in the locale of the fire were out of service. He said firemen never ran out of water, but due to the plugs being damaged extra time and effort were required.
He stressed the importance of residents watching out for windy conditions when burning leaves and rubbish. Residents should also notify the nearest fire department before attempting to burn off grass this time of year. It is grass fire season, he said.
City police helped patrol the area and direct traffic during the ordeal. Traffic backed up on Highway 7 during the incident.
There were no injuries.
Firemen extinguished a fire at 446 West Park Sunday night, Crane said.
Residents were not home when the fire was reported around 9 p.m. The house was not hooked up to utilities and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Crane said. Firefighters had the fire out at 11 p.m.
The structure sustained heavy damage inside even though it is still standing, he said.
Firefighters with the Holly Springs Fire Department answered 22 calls for the period February 3-9, according to chief Kenny Holbrook. The department responded to five structure fires; answered 10 medical assistance calls, responded to two automobile accidents, both of which required the jaws of life to release entrapped passengers; answered one call to a gas leak and one call to a car fire and extinguished three grass fires.
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