Local firefighters were busy over the weekend with several runs — one a garage fire at a home on US 421 and the other an exhaust vent fire at a local restaurant — as well as rescuing a driver involved in a car crash.
Fire destroyed a detached garage Sunday night at a home in the 4600 block of US 421, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze and minimize damage to the nearby house.
Madison Township Fire Chief Robert Black said the fire was reported at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday.
“There were reports of explosions,” Black said, which he thought may have been due to the fuel tank on a vehicle in the garage that was destroyed by the fire. He also said a lawn mower was lost in the blaze. There had been one other vehicle in the garage but Black said the owner was able to get in out before it being damaged in the blaze.
Black said the two-story home was located about 25 feet from the garage, but firefighters were able to contain the fire enough to minimize damage. He said the house received some water damage along with damage to the siding. Additionally, he said the fire melted the electrical meter which he said has impacted the electronics in the home.
There was a propane tank in the vicinity of the fire that Black said firefighters successfully protected from the fire. Black said if the tank had overheated firefighters would have been dealing with much more severe consequences.
“The fire got hot quick,” he said, noting he was pleased by the fast reaction by firefighters and the solid firefighting tactics used to contained the fire. Black said about 15,000 gallons of water was used during the battle called relayed to a portable dump tank on site from nearby Madison Township Fire Department.
Assistance was received by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in closing that section of US 421 while firefighters fought the blaze. North Madison Fire Department 5 and Rykers Ridge Fire Department also fought the fire with support by other firefighters. King’s Daughters’ Hospital emergency medical service was also on the scene.
At about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, firefighters from Madison were called to the Burger King, 544 Clifty Drive, when dark smoke was discovered coming from the kitchen exhaust vent on the roof. Firefighters soon determined that the fire was only in the exhaust system, and the fire was quickly extinguished. Madison Fire Department responded along with Madison Police Department, KDH EMS and Jefferson County Health Department.
At 10:11 p.m. on Friday, firefighters responded to the scene of car accident on Dawson Smith Road to extract a driver from the vehicle. The accident, which occurred on Dawson Smith Road west of the railroad tracks at Paper Mill Road. Black said the vehicle was wedged between two trees, and first responders had to use a chainsaw to cut the trees before they were able to extract the driver from the vehicle.
In addition to Madison Township Fire Department, the rescue effort also involved Rykers Ridge and Madison Clifty 6.
“It was a great team effort by everybody,” said Black.
KDH EMS was also on the scene along with officers from Hanover Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
After nearly 30 minutes, the driver was extracted. A passenger in the vehicle had been able to get out without assistance.
On Friday at 5:50 p.m., Madison Township Fire Department was called to Woodside Mobile Home Park where juveniles had set a shed on fire. Black said the fire was put out in three minutes by a neighbor who doused the blaze with a garden hose.
On Saturday at 3:53 a.m., Madison Township Fire Department was called to brush fire near Michigan Road and Hutchinson Lane, but it was also put out quickly, Black said.