CROCKER, Mo. (Feb. 6, 2013) — Firefighters from numerous area departments responded this week to two separate fires on Highway 17 south of Crocker, the first on Monday morning at the Sterling Apartments and the second early Wednesday morning at a home on the 17000 grid of Highway 17 near the intersection of Highway 133.
Crocker firefighters respond to a burning carport at the Sterling Apartments. (Crocker Police Department photo)
According to Crocker Rural Fire Protection District spokesman Joshua Hall, Crocker firefighters were paged about 12:30 a.m. Monday to the Sterling Apartments and found a duplex “with heavy fire involvement from an attached carport.”
Crocker firefighters called for a second alarm upon arrival due to the heavy fire; Waynesville and Dixon firefighters were called to the scene with Hazelgreen firefighters requested as a “move up” company for district coverage in case an additional fire broke out.
However, much of the additional help ended up not being needed; Dixon Fire Chief Dennis Lachowicz said his crew turned around at the Fox Crossing area between Dixon and Crocker, though Waynesville firefighters continued to respond.
“Crews on the scene made an aggressive attack using positive pressure ventilation; minutes after interior attack operations, crews brought the blaze under control,” Hall said.
While a Ford Mustang in the carport was a total loss, damage to the homes was limited. Hall said one part of one duplex received moderate fire damage as well as heavy smoke and heat damage; a second duplex received little to no fire damage and moderate smoke damage.
Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel treated and released on patient for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.
Other agencies responding included Crocker police, sheriff’s deputies, Gascosage electric crews, and Pulaski County Red Cross volunteers.
Only preliminary information is available so far about the Wednesday morning fire, which broke out shortly before 2 a.m. when residents reported their back bedroom engulfed in fire. All residents evacuated the home, and when firefighters arrived they found the blaze had spread to about half of the home.
Waynesville and Tri-County firefighters were called to assist, with other departments allowed to leave within two hours of the fire beginning.
The state fire marshal has been called to investigate the blaze.
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