Milan firemen respond to three structure fires

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Milan firefighters had a busy Saturday and Sunday, responding to three structure fires.
According to Lt. Mike Alloway of the Milan Volunteer Fire Department, they received a call on Saturday, January 5, about 1:00 p.m. for a house on fire at 6311 E. 300 North, the Jeff Byard residence. Then, about 6:36 p.m. they were called to assist with a trailer fire at 7871 N. State Road 101 (Negangard’s Corner), which was the residence of Aaron Norman. According to information from the 911 Communications Center, the caller said there were flames and smoke coming from the trailer.

Again Sunday evening, January 6, around 8:00 p.m. Milan firemen would find themselves fighting yet another structure fire at the home of Phillip Buckhave at 6671 E US 50 (Elrod). Three fire departments assisted Milan with the fire: Dillsboro, Friendship and Aurora. Alloway noted that the house sits close to US 50 and with so many fire vehicles responding, they had to shut down US 50 for nearly two hours to fight the fire. “We sat up the dump tanks right on the road,” he told the Osgood Journal Monday morning.

Milan Fire Chief Trace Cutter is investigating the Elrod fire and while it doesn’t appear to be of a suspicious nature, the exact cause had not yet been determined at press time.

Alloway said it was a busy weekend for their department. What many people don’t see is when the fire trucks roll off the scene, they still have many hours of cleaning equipment and getting things ready for the next run. On Saturday, Milan’s firemen didn’t have much time in between runs.

According to Sheriff Tom Grills, officers from his office helped with traffic control at the fires. Also, it is standard protocol for rescue squads to be dispatched to fire scenes. There were no injuries in any of the weekend fires according to Alloway.