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Turkey Ridge fire destroys maintenance garage, two pickups
Turkey Ridge fire destroys maintenance garage, two pickups

Waynesville firefighters hose down hot spots Monday night in a Turkey Ridge blaze.
TURKEY RIDGE, Mo. (July 15, 2009) — A resident of the Turkey Ridge community off Highway W north of Buckhorn lost a vehicle maintenance shed and two pickups in a fire late Monday night.

Deputy Fire Chief Andy Baker of the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District said firefighters knew immediately upon arrival that saving the 30x30-foot metal garage was hopeless and confined their firefighting efforts to an external attack. Waynesville and Tri-County firefighters were paged out to the blaze about 9:50 p.m. and took about seven minutes to reach the fire scene, and found the garage fully involved when they arrived.

The blaze on 25990 Rake Lane, which is about a half-mile east of Highway W near the end of the road, left virtually nothing standing of the garage except some leaning metal walls.

“(The homeowner) heard a loud boom and looked out and saw (the garage) was on fire,” Baker said. “We were concerned about a 55-gallon drum of oil, but (firefighters) did a pretty good job of hosing it down. They went right up to the front door and kept the hose on it.”

Ten Waynesville firefighters responded with two engines, one tanker and one command vehicle; eight Tri-County firefighters from Richland responded with a ladder truck, an engine and a tanker. Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel also responded to the fire scene.

The fire remains under investigation but is not considered suspicious, Baker said. Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office were called to assist with the investigation since a local sheriff’s deputy who is a trained fire investigator is out of the area for a military training assignment.

The garage is a total loss, Baker said, with damage including one pickup truck inside the garage, one pickup truck outside the garage, and tools inside the shed. A third pickup truck outside the shed was not significantly damaged despite having a metal wall fall on the truck.

The name of the property owner wasn’t immediately released. No one was hurt in the blaze, Baker said.

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