During March’s first week, firefighters of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District fought a quintet of fires ranging between Mexico, Martinsburg and Clark.
The two in the Martinsburg area occurred March 3 and March 4. First, March 3, they
fought a natural cover fire on Darren Holmes’ property, located along ACR 740. Seven Little Dixie firefighters assisted the Martinsburg Fire Protection District with a natural cover fire. No injuries or damage was reported. The next day they returned to the Martinsburg area for a natural cover fire on ACR 711 outside Martinsburg. Five Little Dixie fire fighters assisted the Martinsburg Fire Protection District in fighting a one-acre natural cover fire on property owned by Leonna Jackson.
The district saw action around Mexico as well. March 3 the fought a structure fire on Larry Kaufman’s property along ACR 814. “Upon arrival fire fighters found a single story residential house with smoke coming from side of the residence and a small amount of grass burning,” Hoover said. “The house received minor fire to the siding of the structure. The family was home at the time the fire started.” He said the fire began when the owner was starting a fire in a fire pit and embers blew to the grass and to the structure.
The next day saw them on Audrain Rd. 376 outside Mexico fighting a flaming skid steer and one-acre natural cover fire. The department used 15 firefighters and four vehicles to put out a fire on Scott Farris’ property, which, said Chief Ken Hoover, began in the lower engine compartment of the skid steer.
The department also found its way west to the Clark area when Noah Gingerich of ACR 175 had to deal with what Hoover described as an out of control natural cover fire. When Little Dixie’s three trucks and eight fire-fighters arrived, they found a half-acre fire. “The cause of the fire was when the owner was burning grass and fire got out of control,” he said the fire had gone out when they arrived.