Two serious fires broke out in Morgan County last Wednesday, January 3, a structure fire on Kingston Road and another structure fire on Greensboro Highway while Morgan County fire units were also units were also dispatched to a fatal car crash. One of the fires set ablaze a single-wide trailer and caused several explosions to occur upon firefighters’ arrival.
“This is not an everyday normalcy, thank goodness,” said Morgan County Fire Chief Jeff Stone. “The members of Morgan County Fire Rescue, as always, stepped up and handled three very significant and labor intensive incidents. As I continue to say, in my 25 years of being in the fire service, I have never met a greater group of men and women that love their county and community and are always willing to give and risk their time and safety to help others. Morgan County Fire Rescue is truly the best fire department in the country.”
Near 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening, the owner of 2000 Kingston Road phoned in report that smoke was coming out a manure storage barn on the property.
“Secondary units that were responding to the motor vehicle accident diverted and headed towards the barn fire. Upon arrival it was found that the manure had began to compost and was burning deep inside and had actually burned a tunnel from the middle of the pike to the edge and caught the structural frame posts on fire,” explained Stone. “ A section of the barn wall was removed and the burning manure was removed a far as personnel could reach. The owner agreed to sit and watch the compost for the rest of the evening and would begin removing the very large pile the next day. The barn is approximately 50 ft by 200 ft. and was about two-thirds full at the time of the fire.”
Less than an hour later, fire units were called in again to respond to the fire at a single-wide trailer on Greensboro Highway
“Reports from callers advised a single-wide trailer was fully involved,” recounted Stone. Units who were still handling a fatal car wreck were released to head over the fire on Greensboro Highway.
“Upon arrival, it was confirmed that a single-wide trailer was fully involved. Initial on scene personnel confirmed that the trailer was empty of occupants, and took a defensive stance. During the initial arrival of apparatus, several explosions occurred, which were later discovered to be personal gas grill propane tanks. The fire was contained and an investigator was called. The fire is still under investigation at this time, but the trailer was a total loss. The occupants were placed with the help of friends and the Red Cross.”