|Pickup malfunction blamed for Saturday barn fire|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Feb. 7, 2006 -- The early afternoon blaze which destroyed a barn Saturday was caused by machinery parked in the storage area shortly before the blaze occurred, according to Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle.
The county fire investigator said that, based on information obtained from the building owner, his examination of the scene and fire reports, the fire initiated from a pickup truck driven into the barn a short while before the fire was reported. The truck was thought to have had a malfunction which caused the fire.
Along with the truck and a tractor, another vehicle and other equipment were destroyed. The fire was contained to the barn and surrounding grass, however, and was not allowed to spread to a nearby residence.
The Saturday blaze was one of several in the county recently.
Caudle said the fire which destroyed Monty Harry's residence on State Highway 19 south early Sunday, Jan. 29, is still under investigation.
He also said that the cause of a trailer house fire on FM 71 east Monday in Hatchetville will be ruled undetermined due to the total destruction of the structure, which left no evidence that would aid Caudle in determining the cause.
Hopkins County Salvation Army will continue to accept donations of clothes and money for the lone resident of the trailer house, Paula Posey, who escaped with only the shorts set she was sleeping in. Sizes needed are ladies size 7 pants, size medium shirts and size 9 shoes. Donations may be made at Hopkins County Salvation Army headquarters, located inside The Bait & Tackle Shop at 1702 South Broadway St., or by calling 903-885-9858.
A second fire Monday also destroyed the front porch of a County Road 1158 trailer house in Miller Grove just before 3 p.m. Caudle said a lamp used to heat a dog bed caused that fire. The lamp reportedly fell, catching the wooden deck and straw bed on fire.