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Rash of house blazes keep city firefighters busy

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

Three house fires in less than seven hours during the weekend kept units from Decatur Fire and Rescue busy.

Battalion Chief Kenneth Johnston said the first in the rash of fires was a call at 11 p.m. Saturday to 2936 Legacy Drive S.W., where firefighters contained the blaze within a two-car attached garage. They cleared the scene at 1:20 a.m. Sunday.

Even before the work there was finished, firefighters were off to another fire at 1812 Locust St. S.E., at 12:53 a.m.

“A couch sitting in front of the door caught fire, burned through the door and spread to the interior of the house,” Johnston said. “Firefighters departed at 2:16 a.m.”

Just over three hours later, at 5:41 a.m., he said firefighters rushed to 1508 10th Ave., S.E., where there was heavy smoke and fire damage to the interior of the house. He said firefighters cleared the scene at 9:17 a.m.

Johnston said that in each incident, about 14 firefighters, three engines and a ladder truck responded.

He did not have available the extent of the damage in any of the fires but reported no injuries.

He that all three fires are under investigation by investigator Lt. Steve Barnett.

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