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MFD battles early morning blazes


Tuesday was a busy morning for Martin firefighters as they battled two structure fires in Martin.

The first early-morning blaze was reported at 3:40 Tuesday. MFD Chief Jamie Summers said a fire likely started in the garage at 1300 Pleasant Hill Rd and when he arrived on the scene, it was fully involved. As it was a rural fire, the MFD responded with two pumper trucks to be able to shuttle water. Sharon Fire Department also provided mutual aid with a tanker and manpower. There were 17 firefighter personnel on the scene.

Summers said they found nothing that would appear that the fire was suspicious and it has been ruled accidental.

There was one vehicle inside the garage and another outside. The detached garage and vehicles were a total loss. The house on the property was not damaged. The property is owned by Larry Snider. No one was injured during the early morning blaze.

While on the scene at Pleasant Hill Road, another call came through around 7:30 that morning of a structure fire at 523 Old Fulton Rd. Apparently a passer by saw flames on the side of the home and alerted the homeowner Les Martin. Mutual aid was requested from the Dresden Fire Department. The DFD sent a pumper and crew to the station while firefighters were on both scenes.

Summers said firefighters managed to attack the blaze inside the attic and prevent further damage to the home by extinguishing the flames at the ceiling joists in the kitchen. The fire was ruled accidental and likely caused by electrical issues. The department responded with three trucks and 15 personnel. No injuries were reported.

The Martin Police Department, Weakley County Ambulance Service and Weakley County Municipal Electric System also responded to the scene of both fires.

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