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Ardmore home destroyed by fire

ARDMORE — A Monday-night fire destroyed an Ardmore home, firefighters said.

A witness spotted the Second Avenue home on fire at 11:06 and called authorities. Ardmore and Oak Grove-Thach volunteer fire departments responded.

An Ardmore firefighter said the one-story home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. They battled the blaze until 2 a.m.

No one was home. The family was out of town. Oak Grove-Thach firefighter Darrell Blank-enship said the family was in the process of moving.

The cause is under investigation.

Holly Hollman

Gas pump spews as woman drives off

Barbara Eaton heard a “god-awful noise” as she pulled away from the gas pump at the Wavaho station on U.S. 31.

The Deer Springs Drive Southeast resident thought she ran over something until she saw the pump spewing gas. Shortly after noon Tuesday, she accidentally pulled away from the pump without removing the nozzle from her tank.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do when my kids find out,” she said in embarrassment.

Decatur Fire and Rescue said less than five gallons of unleaded poured out before the station clerk shut off the valve. Crews removed the liquid with absorbent material before any of it ran off the pavement.

The station told Eaton she wouldn’t have to pay for the repairs.

Paul Huggins

KB Toys collecting batteries for troops

Decatur residents can power up U.S. troops overseas by buying batteries at KB Toys in Colonial Mall.

In cooperation with the local Army recruiting office, the store started the promotion Saturday with a goal of 100 packs of batteries. By Tuesday afternoon, employees had 188 packs.

The store has now expanded its goal to 500 packs. Shoppers can bring any size battery pack to the store or buy them at the register for $2.99 per pack.

“Anytime somebody comes to make a purchase at the register, we ask if they want to buy a pack and four out of five people have done it,” said John Day, assistant manager.

Holiday hours for the store Wednesday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

Paul Huggin

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