Information Gathered from KTLO and the Ozark County Times
Firefighters from various Departments in Ozark County were kept busy this week battling three blazes.
Personnel from the Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department (TAVFD) responded to a structure fire Monday afternoon on Homestead Drive in the area behind Cash Saver Pantry on U.S. Highway 160.
In a post on its Facebook page, TAVFD says, “Everyone got out safely prior to our arrival. The double-wide mobile home was ‘on the ground when firefighters arrived,’ a spokesperson said. It’s thought the fire may have started in the attic crawl space, but the cause is unknown. A pickup was also destroyed in the blaze, but nearby mobile homes were saved with only minor damage to a next-door structure.”
TAVFD expressed thanks to the Ozark County sheriff’s dispatcher and to the Pontiac/Price Place and Gainesville volunteer fire departments for responding in mutual aid, as only three TAVFD personnel were available when the call came in.
Then on Tuesday, Firemen in Ozark County responded to two simultaneous blazes as they battled high winds.
A Facebook post by the Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department notes the first call was for a hay barn fire on Mae Lane and Wallace Ranch Road in Theodosia. The barn and contents were a total loss, however, the fire was contained, and there were no injuries.
The fire was reportedly caused by welding sparks, according to a statement from the property owner.
The second call was for Patriot Internet, located in the strip mall next to Bullseye in Theodosia. While en route to the hay barn blaze, Pontiac firemen responded to this incident and requested Gainesville’s assistance, since self-contained breathing apparatus were needed due to heavy toxic smoke.
Ozark County Ambulance also responded to this location. Both the ambulance and Gainesville Fire Department were diverted from the hay barn fire to assist at the second location. Minimal damage was reported from the second blaze, no injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall, with assistance from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department.
Theodosia firemen extended their appreciation to their fellow departments for their assistance, noting they have a shortage of volunteers due to holiday travel and a few on medical leave with an already sparse roster.