A Fayetteville firefighter is recovering this week after being flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Wednesday as the result of injuries he sustained while assisting Lincoln County volunteer firefighters on the scene of a fire in Park City.
Volunteers from across the county – Park City, Elora, Flintville, Central, Petersburg, Boonshill and Molino – had responded to a call late Wednesday morning at Park City Recycling, said Doug Campbell, chief of the Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Department and director of the Emergency Management Agency, noting that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“It took us about six hours to get it extinguished,” Campbell said. “We owe a huge thank you to the Fayetteville Fire Department for coming out and assisting us with their ladder. If they had not come out, we are not sure how long it would have taken to put it out.”
The fire started at Park City Recycling at approximately 11 a.m., and according to reports, the accident involving the Fayetteville firefighter occurred in the early stages of fighting the blaze. The firefighter sustained a severe concussion, broken clavicle and seven broken ribs, said the chief, adding that he was released from Vanderbilt Thursday afternoon – “He has a long road to recovery,” said Campbell. “Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
The fire chief also expressed his appreciation to Tim Gill, county road superintendent, for offering the use of a track hoe, and to Chris Merz, superintendent of Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities, for helping out with the water supply.
“We flowed around 65,000 gallons through the city ladder truck, and we’ve estimated right now another 25,000 to 30,000 before the ladder arrived on the scene,” he said.
Words of appreciation were also extended to Stovall’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service, which brought the firefighters several pizzas and cases of iced down Gatorade –”We were very much appreciative of that,” said Campbell. “It was much needed.”
Three other fires
County volunteer firefighters also responded to three other fires last week, including a fire Thursday morning at 895 Ardmore Highway near Taft at a business involved in testing equipment for use in the oil field industry.
“This fire was fortunately handled very well by the owners,” said Campbell, noting that the owners’ efforts kept a potentially hazardous situation from becoming dangerous. Units responding included Dellrose, Blanche, Molino, Boonshill and Park City.
Another fire Thursday occurred at 11 Walker Ford Road in Flintville, where a trailer was destroyed. The cause of that fire is undetermined, said Campbell, adding that Vanntown, Flintville and Park City units responded.
The third blaze was a vehicle fire that endangered a structure at 6 Tunstill Loop Road. Multiple units also responded to it.