(01/19/2003)
Saturday was a cold day for fires and accidents, with the official temperature at the Grantsville water plant at -7 degrees early Saturday.

The Grantsville VFD answered a call to the Sugarcamp-Goodnight Hill section shortly after midnight Saturday where a camper was reportedly on fire. Temperatures were dropping into the teens and the roadway was slick after some late night snowfall.

An early morning fire destroyed a two-story house along State Route 16 at Chloe near the Walker Creek intersection shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Upper West Fork Fire Chief Rick Perkins said the house was fully engulfed when the assistance call was made.

Chief Perkins said the house was not occupied at the time of the blaze, and was reportedly owned by Ohio resident Betty Gibson. The cause of the blaze had not been determined.

Fireman Randy Perkins said despite the seven degree temperature, the department managed to break ice on the West Fork and get a portable pump operating.

"Water was quickly freezing when it hit the ground," said Perkins.

The Arnoldsburg VFD dispatched tankers to the blaze, over very slippery highways.

Calhoun EMS also responded, no injuries reported.

A single-car went out of control on Pleasant Hill near the top of Town Hill at 6:15 p.m. Saturday evening, plunging down a steep hillside.

The occupant reportedly managed to climb to Route 16 and was taken to Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center by private vehicle.

The Grantsville VFD and Calhoun EMS responded to the accident. Sheriff Allen Parsons is investigating.


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