Firefighters were busy on Thursday, August 18th, as the Lafayette Fire Department was paged to three 10/72 structure fires, not only battling heavy smoke and flames, but extreme temperatures, which sent one fireman to Macon County General Hospital by ambulance with a heat related condition, where he was treated and held for observation.The department was called to a fully involved barn fire at 136 Log Lane, off old Highway 52 West, which destroyed the 30x40 structure that belonged to David Keller, with an undetermined dollar value.
According to Billy King, who was in charge of the scene, eight firemen were at the location and they spent approximately two hours at the site, using 4400 gallons of water. The origin of the fire was believed to have been electrical and no injuries were reported.
A fire got out of hand at 823 Bradley Hollow Road, with seven firefighters responding to the abandoned house that belonged to Ronnie Likens, using 750 gallons of water. The fire rekindled after midnight and the Lafayette Fire Department returned to the scene where they doused the fire before returning to the station around 1:30 a.m., with one injured reported earlier that day.
The department was dispatched to 3206 Scottsville Road, Wright’s Trailer Park, where an extension cord had gotten hot and sparks were flying, but luckily a fire didn’t ignite. The Lafayette Fire Department surveyed the situation and Brenda McClerran’s mobile home received no damage. Nine firemen responded to the scene and they returned to the fire hall within the hour.
Responding to the fires were the Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Lafayette Police Department, and the Macon County Chronicle.