Eupora Fire Department contains 2 structure fires

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

The Eupora Fire Department responded to two structure fires in two days earlier this week.

The first was an accidental fire that occurred about 4:15 p.m. Sunday on Richard Allred’s property at 547 Whitt Road. Fire Chief Richard Love said an acquaintance of the Allreds was burning straw in the yard when it got out of control and ignited a shed.

EFD was on scene shortly after being called out and by then the structure was fully involved, he said. The Allreds were home at the time but no one was injured. Love said the fire was contained to only the shed; however, it was a total loss.

The Tomnolen Volunteer Fire Department backed up the EFD, and EMS stood by at the scene.

Second Fire The EFD was again paged out about 7:30 p.m. Monday to a “possible” structure fire at 96 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The first unit on scene reported smoke but no flames with smoke coming from the roof vents of the house owned by Carol Gladney. The Walthall Volunteer Fire Department was immediately dispatched for backup.

Love said no one was at home so firefighters made a forced entry into the rear of the house and found the fire in the attic. They contained the fire to a small section of the attic, he said, and the living area had minimal damage when they finished.

“(Gladney) is very fortunate to have good neighbors,” Love said. “If we had gotten there 10 minutes later, we likely would have had a major fire to contend with.”

The EFD had responded to only three other structure fires this year before Sunday and Monday’s, according to Love.