|Fires keep county, city fire departments busy|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
June 12, 2006 - A neighbor's quick actions in alerting an Oak Avenue family to a fire in the rear of their house and firefighters of the blaze, resulted in not only quick evacuation of the home but also minimal damage to the structure early Sunday.
Sulphur Springs firefighters at 4:24 a.m. Sunday were dispatched to a structure fire on Oak Avenue. Upon arrival about a minute later, firemen noted flames coming from the rear of the house.
After determining that the residents had fled the burning structure unharmed after being awakened by a neighbor, firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire and to make sure all embers were extinguished, leaving no hot spots to rekindle. A box fan was determined to be the culprit of the early morning blaze, firefighters said Monday.
Structural damage was minimal, with primarily the back porch area destroyed. The rest of the house received only light smoke damage, enabling the family to return to their home shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday.
In a separate incident, paramedics treated a Tira man Sunday afternoon for burns received in a hay bailer fire Sunday afternoon.
The fire was dispatched at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday as a grass fire in the North Hopkins-Peerless area. When North Hopkins and Hopkins County firefighters arrived, they observed the fire spreading rapidly through about 30-40 acres of waist-high grass.
The unidentified man was reportedly operating a hay baler which overheated, then caught fire, spreading to the waist-high grass around it. He was burned on the face and arm when he attempted to unhook the baler from the rest of the equipment.
Peerless, North Hopkins, Sulphur Bluff and Tira fire units were also called to battle the fire which was finally extinguished at around 7 p.m. Sunday.