Numerous Fires Keep Crews Busy

Greenville Firefighters responded to a report of an unknown smell in the laundry room at Greenville College at 11:31 a.m. on Saturday. After checking the building with a thermal camera, no irregularities were found. Firefighters were on the scene for 39 minutes.

Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded Sunday, at 3:55 p.m., to a report of a field fire on Hugg Cemetery Road. According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, maintenance people at Hugg Cemetery were burning brush and the fire got out of control. Firefighters extinguished the fire without damage to buildings or other property.

Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters were called again Sunday, at 8:50 p.m., to a report of a timber fire on East Johnson Street in Pocahontas. Fire Chief Brink said the cause of the fire is unknown and might have been started by sparks from a train as the fire was near the railroad tracks. Once again there was no damage. Firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes.

Greenville Firefighters were dispatched Sunday, at 10:23 p.m., to a reported fire on Cooper Street. According to the fire report, a small pile of trash in the yard was burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. There was no damage to buildings or other property and they were on the scene about 20 minutes.

Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded Sunday, at 4:21 p.m., to a structure fire on Persimmon Avenue north of Mulberry Grove. According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the fire was in a home and the cause is believed to be electrical starting in the ceiling fan of a bedroom. No one was at home at the time and a farmer in a nearby field noticed the fire and called the fire department. Damage was confined to the bedroom and hallway with smoke damage throughout the home. Damage is estimated at approximately $20,000.00. Keyesport Firefighters provided automatic mutual aid. There were no injuries and fire department personnel were on the scene about one and a half hours.

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