Members of the Willette Volunteer Fire Department were exhausted last week after fighting two raging fires on Monday and Wednesday, February 10 & 12. Chief Danny Dozier was in charge of both fire scenes.
Chief Danny Dozier spoke with the Macon County Chronicle over the weekend and said the first fire was at the residence of Jean West at 7299 Union Camp Road, which originally came in at 6:40 p.m. Monday night, as a car explosion. “Evidently a 1999 Cadillac blew up in the garage and two buildings were destroyed and one heavily damaged,” said Chief Dozier. “The fire was about 25 feet from the house and we were able to keep it from spreading that far, ultimately saving the home.”
The cause was undetermined. The 13 firefighters utilized two engines and a tanker, leaving the scene a little after 9:00 p.m.
At 12:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Willette firefighters were dispatched to the home of Rocky Wright located at 621 Willette Road. “When we arrived the house was a fully involved blazing inferno and part of the roof had already fallen in,” said the Chief. “We have determined that the cause of the fire was the old flue that went through the roof which had broke and fell in the house.”
The home was a total loss. Ten members of the fire department were at the site along with two engines and a tanker.
Chief Danny Dozier would like to thank all his men for a job well done in saving Jean West’s home. “I would also like to thank my squad for the hard work at the second fire where we battled cold temperatures as well as the blaze.”
Also responding to both scenes were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, and Tri Count Electric.