Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blazes Keeping Firefighters Busy

A series of apparently unrelated fires around Putnam County have kept local firefighters busy over the few days.  In one case, authorities say a one-story wood frame house on Sullins Hollow Road in the extreme western end of the county was destroyed by a blaze Tuesday night.  The homeowner had reportedly been away from the house for about 30 minutes when a passerby noticed flames coming from one of the windows.  Firefighters were unable to save the house, but did preserve an outbuilding.  Meanwhile, some $40,000 in damage was done to several vehicles when a fire broke out at West End Auto Repair Shop.  That fire apparently started in a Camaro that was parked inside the concrete block building.  And, in yet another incident, someone apparently set a boat on fire after it was abandoned at what was described as a "dump site" near Sharon Avenue and Huddleston Drive.  That case has been classifed as an arson.