December 23, 2019: Press Release
At 0851 this morning, a car fire involving the garage in rural Clark County on County Road 256 was reported into the Clark County Dispatch Center.
The Clark County Fire Department responded, sending their engine, 2 tanker-tenders and the equipment truck. As details were received from the dispatch center while enroute, the Clark County Fire Department Chief requested engine and tanker-tender mutual air from Wyaconda Fire Department and manpower and tanker-tender support from Gorin Fire Department.
On arrival, an extended three-bay machine shed was found fully engulfed.
The homeowner reported that there was a car, pickup, tractor, and hay inside the shed.
Because of the intense heat from the fire, firefighters attacked the fire with two hose lines from the yard, before being able to move closer to the structure.
Hose teams attacked the fire from multiple sides to knock down the blaze. Once the blaze was knocked down, firefighters donned their SCBA’s to enter the structure to put out hotspots, fuel fires, and other areas unable to be doused with water from outside.
As additional firefighters arrived, hose teams rotated out, extinguishing the fire in the adjacent horse barn and the hay bales located inside the structure.
All told, a stock trailer, personal vehicle, tractor and pickup truck were lost in addition to four-large hay bales, feed and a large assortment of tools, equipment, and animal supplies.
Fortunately, the fire did not injure the homeowner’s horse and did not spread to their nearby home.
The Clark County Fire Department wishes to thank Wyaconda Fire Department, Gorin Fire Department, and the Clark County Dispatch for their presence and assistance, as well as the volunteer firefighters who responded to the call.