|By Bob Weaver|
Bennett house just off high street
Fire destroyed most of a two-story dwelling and a storage garage
on Wigner Street, sending dark clouds of smoke over Grantsville.
houses and buildings were nearby with an evening breeze fanning the
received the call at 3:50 p.m.
No injuries were reported, although dense smoke poured from the
building filling the
Black billows of smoke pour over firemen
"If you had to have a fire it was good timing," said Assistant Fire
Chief Keith Smith,
meaning not late at night. Quick discovery and quick response by the
Volunteer Fire Department managed to get the blaze under control,
remained a burner for over one hour.
Asst. Chief Keith Smith "eats smoke"
The buildings were located about one hundred feet off High Street,
Arnoldsburg and Upper West Fork Fire Departments dispatched trucks and
both assisting in squelching the volatile blaze. Multiple fire hoses
were used and
several pumpers were used. Several Arnoldsburg firemen made entry with
apparatus to knock-down remaining pockets.
"When we got here fire from the old garage had ignited an electric
pole and the hot
wires were crackling," said Smith.
Andy and Nancy Bremar, whose High Street house was very close the
structure, said they alerted the only occupant of the dwelling, Adam
family had recently moved from the downstairs apartment.
Three fire departments respond
Ray Bennett, owner of the two-story dwelling, arrived at the scene.
Firemen have yet to determine exactly where the fire started, the
Also responding to the fire, was the Grantsville Police Department and
House and garage a shell