County Fire Department Has Busy Week

July 7, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
County firefighters battle blaze at the home of Nichole Boehm

County firefighters battle blaze at the home of Nichole Boehm

The DeKalb County Fire Department has had a busy week.

A Wednesday night fire destroyed a single wide mobile home at 705 Johnson Chapel Road, belonging to Barbara McHugh. She had the home rented to Nichole Boehm.

Boehm was not at home when the fire started. She had already left to go to work.

Someone at the Cedar House Restaurant nearby saw smoke coming from the home and called 911.

Members of the Midway, Cookeville Highway, and Short Mountain Highway Stations responded along with the fire department's equipment truck. The Cassville Fire Department from White County provided mutual aid assistance with a tanker truck.

The home and it's contents were lost in the fire. The cause of the blaze is undetermined.

County Firefighters answered four calls on Friday.

Members of the Blue Springs Station responded to a report of a structure fire at 5:13 p.m. at the home of Jewel Redman at 7592 McMinnville Highway. A small fire started in a breaker box, but Mr. Redman quickly extinguished it with a pan of water. There was apparently no significant fire damage but firefighters ventilated the house.

Also on Friday, at 7:20 p.m., a fire was reported in a detached garage at the residence of Wayne and Doris Malone at 802 Snow Hill Road, Dowelltown. The Liberty Station responded. The fire apparently started in a trash can from an unknown source, but the Malone's were at home and were able to extinguish the blaze with little damage.

Later that night, at 9:48 p.m., firefighters responded to the home of Andrea Restrepo at 1024 Cook Road, Liberty, where a blaze had begun in the kitchen. Firefighters were able to contain the fire and there was no other damage to the home. Restrepo suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by DeKalb EMS before being transported to DeKalb Community Hospital for further treatment.

The Liberty, Short Mountain Highway, Dowelltown truck (main station), tanker, and equipment truck came to the scene.

Firefighters from the Johnson's Chapel Station were called to set up a helicopter landing zone at 10:20 p.m. Friday night after a 66 year old woman suffered a snake bite on her left ankle near the cabin where she was staying in the Sligo area. She was airlifted from near the scene and flown by a helicopter ambulance to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Her name was unavailable.

(Photo provided by Fire Department Photographer Callie Matthews). Click on picture to see larger image.

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