PHOTO: The call went out about 11 am yesterday (June 15), and Fire Fighters from Rainsville and Sylvania responded. A firefighter from the Dogtown Volunteer Fire Department who was near by also assisted with tackling the blaze. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)
By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Yesterday, at approximately 11 am, a call reporting a structure fire in Rainsville came through to emergency dispatch. A home was on fire on County Road 574, near VFW Road (County Road 570).
The Rainsville Police Department secured the scene while fire fighters were in route. The quick thinking of Rainsville Patrolman Casey Jones likely saved the homeowner’s dogs, who were in an enclosure near the side of the house that had caught fire. Jones put the two dogs in the patrol car to safely wait out the fire.
Shortly after, three trucks from the Rainsville Fire Department and two from the Sylvania Fire Department arrived on the scene. A firefighter from the Dogtown Volunteer Fire Department, who was nearby, also arrived on the scene to assist. Luckily, the dogs were the only ones at home.
According to Rainsville Fire Chief Willy Wright, "After making entry and checking to ensure no one was inside the structure, we contained the fire in the room of origin within 6 minutes of arriving on scene."
The homeowners, who did not want to be identified, were waiting to hear back from their insurance adjuster on the amount of damage to the structure.
"We remained on scene until approximately 2 pm; checking with thermal imaging equipment to ensure there were no remaining hotspots that might rekindle the blaze," explained Chief Wright.
While the structure was worse-for-wear, it certainly could have been a whole lot worse without the quick reaction of all first responders involved.
"We want to give a big thanks to the Rainsville Police Department who did a great job in supporting us and aiding us in our efforts. And a big thank you to the firefighters from Sylvania and the individual from the Dogtown Volunteer Fire Department who responded," said Wright.