Macon County Chronicle

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Home: Lafayette Fire Department Rookies Receive On-the-Scene Training

An early morning blaze on Wednesday, June 9th, at 914 Green Grove Road, near Westside School, destroyed a one-story rent house that belonged to Roger Andrews of Wixtown, as the firefighters suffered through the humid night air, smoke and intense heat.

The Lafayette Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of a 10/72 around 1:30 a.m., battling the flames for several hours as the fire continued to smolder, eventually rekindling at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning when the firemen were called back. Assistant Chief Troy Brawner, who was one of the first responders, reported that the house was fully involved upon arrival.

“We had 14 fireman at the scene, including five rookies,” said Brawner, “plus an engine, tanker and sports truck. We used over 10,400 gallons of water to extinguish the flames and the house was a total loss. It is still unclear how the fire started.”

Those responding to the scene included the Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Sheriffs Department, EMS, Rescue Squad, and the Macon County Chronicle.

With six rookies in training, including Zack White, Corey Dycus, Eric Holland, Steve Delliquellia, Nathan Strack and Tracy Hawkins, the Lafayette Fire Department which was organized in the 1940’s after a tragic fire on the public square, is still going strong 70 years later and thanks to Keith Scruggs and his undeniable desire to aid & assist the folks here in Macon County, we are provided with a top notch crew of firemen and rescue squad members.

“We have a strong group of young men, between the ages of 18 and 30, from the community,” Chief Scruggs said, “who are showing their spirit by training hard and staying at the fire hall without pay, just for the experience. Over the years our department has been involved in competitions across the state, which gives the men a good training outlet. The events are all fire practices and not only are they getting physical fitness workouts but they are learning how to safely and quickly handle the fire equipment. They practice 100 man hours to learn how to connect the hoses, and to use the ladders property, and the competitive games actually make training fun for the young firefighters.”

“Five rookies participated in the Wednesday morning fire on the Green Grove Road,” Scruggs continued, “and they did an outstanding job under the guidance of Troy Brawner and the other seasoned firefighters. Even though the house was fully involved, they still managed to save some of the structure. It’s a young man’s game, and a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

“We’re proud of the $750,000 grant that will provide funding for some much needed equipment here at the station including our first ladder truck, which will aid us tremendously, considering we had over 250 calls last year alone. I definitely for see a full time fire department, with a fully staffed crew of well-educated firefighters, who are very capable of handling problems here in Lafayette. The future is in the hands of some wonderful young men who are dedicated to the Lafayette Fire Department and they will represent the community well.”