Friday 4th December 2020

Marshall fire fighters were busy over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
Just before midnight on Independence Day, a fire department spokesperson says fire fighters were toned out to a structure fire in the 300 block of North Jefferson Avenue.
Fire fighters arrived on the scene at 11:52 p.m.
Upon arrival, fire was coming through the roof on the north side. Fire fighters used equipment to knock down the fire. Fire fighters made entry through the windows and roof. They pulled the ceilings throughout the house.
The blaze was under control at 1:56 a.m. on Sunday, July 5; and fire fighters cleared the scene at 4:21 a.m.
The fire department valued the structure at $18,000 and its contents at $300; and both were a total loss.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Nobody was home at the time, and there were no injuries.
During battling the blaze, at 2:17 a.m., some personnel were called away for a one-vehicle, non-injury traffic accident on Harvest Avenue. The vehicle hit a utility pole.
Upon arrival at 2:29 a.m., fire fighters noted a power pole had been sheared off at the ground, and the top part of the pole was in the middle of the road hanging from the wires. Live wires were attached to the pole. Fire fighters stayed on the scene to do traffic control until the arrival of power company personnel.
Fire fighters were toned out again on Sunday to the 400 block of North Allen Avenue for another structure fire. The alarm was at 8:44 a.m., and fire fighters were on the scene at 8:47 a.m. The fire was under control at 8:50 a.m., and fire fighters cleared the scene at 9:22 a.m.
Upon arrival, fire fighters saw no signs of a fire. Upon investigation, it was found out the owner was trying to apply an epoxy coloring to the kitchen counter top and was using a blow torch to make it flow. After spraying lacquer thinner on tools placed in the sink, a spark from the torch ignited the fumes. The cabinetry and items on the counter were burnt. The residents doused the fire with a garden hose; and fire fighters ventilated the area. One resident suffered some burns and was treated by ambulance personnel.
The spokesperson said it was a flash fire, and the loss is estimated at $10,000.
And just before midnight on Sunday, fire fighters were toned out again to a structure fire in Miami. Upon arrival at 1:14 a.m. on Monday, July 6, fire fighters noted an isolated and abandoned trailer that had been fully involved at the time of the alarm. The blaze was under control at 1:29 a.m. Fire fighters cleared the scene at 2:09 a.m. No estimate of damages was made due to the uninhabited trailer having no electricity nor running water.

Photo by Robert King