It all started with a possible garage fire on Hwy. 987 (Brownies Creek Rd.) on Wednesday afternoon. At about 2:30 p.m., fire units from the East Pineville Company & Headquarters arrived and found power lines were hitting each other and causing sparks to fly around the building. Kentucky Utilities was called and the problem was quickly resolved.
At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, units were called to a small brush fire at Varilla Curve on Hwy. 119. Upon arrival, the small brush fire was quickly extinguished by the East Pineville Company.
Then, around 6 p.m., another brush fire was reported on Hwy. 72 in the Tugglesville area of Blackmont. Responding fire units from the Calloway and East Pineville Companies found a small controlled burn along the railroad tracks about a quarter of a mile from the Harlan County line.
Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a house fire was reported on Martha Lock Brock Rd. in the Right Fork Community of Hwy. 221. Upon arrival of the Right Fork Company, the fire was immediately contained to one room of the unoccupied house. Fire units from the Fourmile, Calloway, and Brownies Creek Companies assisted with extinguishment.
A little before 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, firefighters from the East Pineville, Calloway, and Brownies Creek Companies were summoned back to the home on Martha Lock Brock Rd. after the fire rekindled. Upon arrival of the first responding unit, the unoccupied home was totally engulfed with flames and heavy smoke. The home was eventually lost.
A few short hours later and before units could get back to their stations, units were called on to respond to a single vehicle accident with injuries on White Mountain Road off of Hwy. 66 in the Arjay community. One person was injured and was transported by Bell County EMS.
Finally, at about 2 p.m., a small dumpster fire was reported about one mile North of Middlesboro. Upon arrival, it was determined that the fire was a small controlled burn.
The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is a 100 percent volunteer fire department and provides fire protection and the protection of lives and property for the citizens of Bell County. If you have any questions about membership or for more information about the fire department, call (606)337-8080 or visit them on the web at www.bellcountyfire.org.
Report submitted by Bill Jenkins of the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department.