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 (Negangards 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 doesnt 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 dont 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, Milans firemen didnt
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.